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News Release

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Charlotte Schuricht Named Christian County Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator

Amanda Cole, Unit 18 County Extension Director, is pleased to introduce Charlotte Schuricht as the Christian County Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator.  Schuricht was previously the Agricultural Literacy Program Coordinator in Montgomery County, and comes to Christian County with seven years of experience educating youth and adults about where our food and fibers come from and the importance of agriculture.  She has already started visiting elementary schools throughout Christian County to provide educational opportunities for students in agricultural related topics.  Schuricht says, “I understand and value the importance of agriculture well, having been raised on a corn, soybean, alfalfa and pumpkin farm in east central Illinois”. 


Schuricht earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health with an emphasis in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Illinois.  She is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education at the University of Illinois.  Schuricht adds, “I look forward to sharing my 20 years of experience coordinating programs and educating adults and children regarding health and agriculture with the teachers, administrators and students of Christian County”.  Charlotte and her husband are the parents of four children. 


Agriculture in the Classroom visits are 30 minute hands-on lessons and activities about a specific agricultural topic. The program is available to Kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms.  Agriculture Literacy Program Coordinator, Charlotte Schuricht will teach the lesson in the classroom and provide materials.  Assistance from the classroom teacher during the activity may be needed.  Each quarter of the school year, age appropriate classroom topics will be announced in the Ag in the Classroom newsletter.  The topics for the first quarter were Pizza from the Farm for Kindergarten and 1st grades, and Football and Agriculture for 2nd – 4th grades.


Classroom visits are scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Materials for the programs are designed for one class at a time and will be conducted in the teacher’s classroom.  One teacher coordinating the scheduling for an entire grade level, or a team of teachers, is appreciated. 


Teachers who would like to schedule a lesson for their classroom are asked to email Charlotte Schuricht at (email is the preferred method of communication). Please provide: teacher(s) name, school, grade level, number of students, suggestions for preferred days/times or times to avoid.


The Christian County Agriculture Literacy Program is made possible through funding by University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, Christian County Farm Bureau, Christian County Farm Bureau Foundation, and United Way of Christian County.  Anyone interested in contacting Schuricht may reach her at the Christian County Extension office by calling 217-287-7246, or emailing .


University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office.



Local Contact: Charlotte Schuricht, Program Coordinator, Agriculture Literacy,