Ag in the Classroom Seeks Volunteers

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Page 8 POINT OF VIEW Dec. 2013 Volunteer Dan Steimel discusses the parts of a corn plant during a 3rd grade “It’s An Earful” AITC presentation.
Page 8 POINT OF VIEW Dec. 2013 Volunteer Dan Steimel discusses the parts of a corn plant during a 3rd grade “It’s An Earful” AITC presentation.
Volunteer Dan Steimel discusses the parts of a corn plant during a 3rd grade “It’s An Earful” AITC presentation.

Each year during February, Farm Bureau volunteers deliver lessons on agriculture to first, second, third, and fourth grade students in DeKalb County classrooms. There’s a different presentation for each of the four grade levels: 1st grade – More Than a Seed, 2nd grade – From Cow to Ice Cream, 3rd grade – It’s an Earful, and 4th grade – Mapping Illinois Agriculture.  The DeKalb County Farm Bureau provides volunteers with the training and supplies needed.

The Farm Bureau is looking for member volunteers to help with this year’s program. Whether you’re a long-time AITC volunteer or have never volunteered in the past, you CAN make a difference!

Here’s how it works:
1. December – Teachers receive a postcard and e-mail inviting them to request a presentation for their classroom.
2. Mid-January – Letters and classroom lists are sent to prospective volunteers inviting them to volunteer, and if so, to choose classrooms in which to present. (New volunteers may decide to attend the training session before choosing classrooms.)
3. Mid-late January – Volunteers contact Rhodora Collins with their choice of classrooms and RSVP for the training event. If they have chosen classrooms, they will receive the teachers’ contact information and should immediately communicate with them to schedule their visits.
4. Jan. 28 – AITC Volunteer Training will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Farm Bureau. At this time, volunteers may pick up lesson supplies. Supplies will continue to be available for pick-up and return in the Farm Bureau office through February.
5. February (all month) – Ag in the Classroom presentations are conducted. Volunteers confirm with teachers the dates and times that work best for their schedules.
6. Following their presentations – Volunteers return supplies to Farm Bureau.

At least 150 teachers request Ag in the Classroom presentations every year, impacting 3,500-4,000 students. This program is impossible without the help of volunteer presenters. Most presenters conduct lessons in two-to-four classrooms. Please do your part to advance agricultural understanding in DeKalb County. E-mail rcollins@ dekalbfarmbureau.org or call the Farm Bureau at 815-756-6361 today to become an AITC volunteer.

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