Ag. Literacy Newsletter
In This Issue
Partnership Receives Grants & Hires Part-Time Help
The Sangamon-Menard Agricultural Education Partnership was lucky this year to apply for and receive two new grants to expand our educational programs for the 2013-2014 school year. Because of overwhelming requests for school programs in the 2012-2013 school year, coordinator Carrie Winkelmann had been brainstorming ideas to get part-time help in presenting school programs. She applied for extra grants through Illinois Ag in the Classroom and received two, one to expand programs in Menard and Sangamon Counties and the second to start a new program in Logan County. These dollars are granted, but with restriction, the partnership has to match (dollar for dollar) all of the money in local funds. Our donors made applying for these grants possible because local funds were already available to match the grants. Please keep supporting our great work. The partnership is pleased to introduce the wonderful individuals who will be helping expand our educational programming.
Amy has worked for the University of Illinois Extension for 11 years and is adding Agriculture Literacy to her work with Master Gardeners and 4H Youth. This is her second year working with SMAEP on Summer Ag Institutes, where she has been a huge asset. Amy is wife to Toby and mother to Zach and Bridgette.
Karen taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in the Ball-Chatham School District. During her career, she furthered her education by studying the gifted child, the young child, and special education. She earned her master's degree in 1983. Retiring after 36 years of teaching, Karen looks forward to bringing young children information about how farming impacts their daily lives.
Rhonda taught 24 years in Oakford, Tallula, and Petersburg for the PORTA school district in first, second, third, and fourth grades. She retired in May 2013, and along with her teaching expertise she brings a wonderful firsthand knowledge of agricultural life. She is wife to John, mother to Gabe, and GG to Gracie.
Since I last wrote to you all, so many great things have happened for SMAEP and for myself personally!!! Let's start with the baby. He was born a month early (which was quite a surprise) but was a healthy 7 pounds 2 ounces and we named him Grady David Winkelmann. From August 26th to November 18th I was at home spending twelve wonderful weeks with him. Big sister, Lydia, seems to think the new baby is a good addition and has been a great helper.
The Partnership has had a wonderful year as well. I saw over 19,000 students and we had a great teacher turnout for the Summer Ag Institutes 1 & 2 this past summer. But the best thing of all is the additional grants we received to hire part-time help we will use to present additional programming. Our new employees are wonderful people, I have been doing presentations in Rhonda's classes for 10 years and in Karen's classes for 8 years. They are both graduates of Summer Ag Institutes. We are so very lucky that they were both retiring at a time when we were able to get extra dollars to employ them. I am also very excited to see an Agriculture Education program starting in Logan County and know Amy Hyde, whom I have worked with on many occasions, will be doing a wonderful job representing agriculture in that area. I hope harvest ended well for everyone and that you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!
SAVE YOUR PRAIRIE FARMS CAPS!!!!
Prairie Farms will be giving 5 cents for every 75th Anniversary cap we collect. So please take the time to collect the caps and get your friends to collect, because if we collect one million caps we can earn $50,000 for the Sangamon-Menard Agricultural Education Partnership. You can bring your caps to the following locations for collection:
· Sangamon County Farm Bureau
· Menard County Farm Bureau
· Sangamon, Menard, or Logan Extension Offices
Coordinator's Report 2012-2013
The Sangamon-Menard Agricultural Education Partnership has created lasting relationships with a number of schools, principals, teachers, and students during this last school year. During the 2012-2013 school year, the Partnership impacted 19,036 students, 2,047 teachers, and 2,165 members of the general public.
The Partnership held teacher training programs, working one-on-one with educators to expand their knowledge of the agriculture industry and the resources available to implement agriculture education in their classrooms. These workshops provided an excellent means for the Partnership to become better acquainted with area teachers and forge relationships that will last many years.
The Partnership continues to work with numerous community organizations to further our goal of providing a unified agriculture message throughout the counties. These relationships help to spread the word about our program and strengthen our presence within the community.
We also could not function without the continued support of our Partnership members and individual donors. Thank you so much for your support!! Looking forward to another great year!!
2012-2013 Schools (47) Auburn, Ball Charter, Ball, Butler, Calvary, Cantrall Elementary, Cantrall Intermediate, Chatham, Christ the King, Concordia Lutheran, Dubois, Early Learning Center, Enos, Fairview, Farmingdale, Glenwood, Graham, Greenview, Harvard Park, Hazel Dell, Immanuel Lutheran, Jane Addams, Laketown, Lee, Lindsay, Little Flower, Matheny-Withrow, McClernand, New Berlin, Owen Marsh, Our Savior's Lutheran, Pawnee, Pleasant Hill, PORTA Central, Ridgley, Riverton, Sherman, Southern View, Springfield Christian, St. Agnes, St. John's PreSchool, St. Patrick's, Tri-City, Trinity Lutheran, Vachel-Lindsay, Wanless, & Wilcox
Sangamon-Menard Agricultural Education Partnership:August 2012 –July 2013
Total Students Total Teachers Public
August - Total Students 16, Total Teachers 1152, Public 109
September - Total Students 2714, Total Teachers 140, Public 449
October - Total Students 3266, Total Teachers 138, Public 41
November - Total Students 2263, Total Teachers 106, Public 117
December - Total Students 596, Total Teachers 27, Public 306
January - Total Students 795, Total Teachers 31, Public 34
February - Total Students 1498, Total Teachers 71, Public 67
March - Total Students 1791, Total Teachers 78, Public 203
April - Total Students 1853, Total Teachers 80, Public 45
May - Total Students 3521, Total Teachers 180, Public 0
June - Total Students 520, Total Teachers 29, Public 344
July - Total Students 203, Total Teachers 10, Public 450
Totals for the period: Total Students 19,036, Total Teachers 2,047, Public 2,165
All supporters of the Sangamon-Menard Agricultural Education Partnership are invited to attend the annual meeting.
SMAEP will be holding the annual meeting on December 16, 2013, at noon at the Sangamon County Farm Bureau. We will be discussing the annual report, enjoying a meal, and then attending to our regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting. If you are interested in attending reservations are required. You may reserve your spot by e-mailing Carrie Winkelmann at email@example.com or by phoning her at (217) 753-4611.
Where: Sangamon County Farm Bureau
When: December 16, 2013
Reserve your spot by contacting Carrie