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Summer Traver Receives Illinois Ag in the Classroom Teacher Grant

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit


Summer Traver Receives Illinois Ag in the Classroom Teacher Grant

Summer Traver, second grade teacher at Henry-Senachwine Grade School has been awarded an Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Grant for her project: Introducing Hydroponics to Second Grade. Summer is planning to purchase Educational Insight Hydroponics Labs for her classroom.  Her students will be comparing plants with and without added nutrients.  As a Midland school board member, Summer was introduced to hydroponics through a presentation made by Midland FFA students at a recent board meeting. Their presentation inspired her to develop a hydroponics unit for her second grade classroom. She plans to invite these FFA students to come and share their knowledge with her students. The second graders have previously grown lettuce in their classroom garden bins and studied composting. “This will be a way to expand our study of plants,” Summer explained. “We work with Marshall-Putnam AITC each year to help students make terrariums and Soil Sams.” This grant is offered by Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program and the IAA Foundation along with the Illinois Farm Bureau. The mission of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program is to bring accurate and authentic agricultural information to the students in grades PreK-12 across Illinois. “Each year our teacher grant is very competitive, and our judging panel is amazed at the unique programs teachers use to infuse units of study highlighting agriculture.” Said Kevin Daugherty, Education Director, Illinois[RJR1]  Agriculture in the Classroom. Susan Moore, Director of the IAA Foundation added, “Supporting teachers through these grants is a meaningful way for the IAA Foundation to fulfill our mission to support education and the future of agriculture. We take great pride in providing resources so teachers can continue innovative techniques to engage and impact students.” Each year the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program reaches more than 60% of all attendance centers in the state of Illinois. Partner organizations of Illinois AITC include Illinois Farm Bureau, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE), University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and the Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. In addition, annual donors include agribusiness partners and event participants with an interest in supporting the future of agriculture. For information on how individuals can contribute, visit For information on Marshall-Putnam Ag in the Classroom call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 309-364-2356. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at  -End-