Woodruff Teacher Selected to Receive Scholarship to Attend National AITC Conference
Ashley Bennett, the 2017 Betty J. DeWitt Outstanding Educator Award winner, was selected from teachers from around the United States to receive a scholarship from the CHS Foundation to attend the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference ‘Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea’ scheduled for June 27-29 in Portland, Maine. Bennett is a teacher at Woodruff Middle School in Woodruff, S.C.
Forty K-12 teachers were selected for their desire to learn more innovative ways to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science and social studies and more. Onsite and traveling workshops at the conference will provide these teachers with demonstrations of how effective the use of agricultural concepts in classroom instruction can be. In addition, teachers will network with other educators who have a passion for K-12 agricultural literacy. “We’re happy to assist teachers who are interested in educating their students about agriculture by helping them attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference,” said Nanci Lilja, president of CHS Foundation. “The CHS Foundation is committed to developing agriculture leaders for life and these teachers introduce students to the industry and spark interest in agriculture careers.”
The CHS Foundation has provided these scholarships to teachers since 2013.
“Thanks to the CHS Foundation we are able to involve even more teachers in the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference,” said Willie Grenier, president of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and executive director of Maine Agriculture in the Classroom. “NAITCO highly values partnerships like the one it has with the CHS Foundation, which helps us expand its K-12 agricultural literacy outreach to many more teachers across the country.”
The CHS Foundation is funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. The CHS Foundation is focused on developing a new generation of agriculture leaders. We are achieving our goals through these strategic initiatives: advancing innovation in cooperative education, cultivating opportunity through university partnerships, growing high-impact youth leadership programs and accelerating potential for careers in agriculture. Together with our signature partners, we develop ag leaders for life. For more information on CHS Foundation programs, please visit www.chsinc.com/stewardship.
NAITCO is a non-profit organization made up of Agriculture in the Classroom programs in most of the 50 states and six territories. Its mission is to educate teachers and students in kindergarten through 12th grade about the importance of agriculture by incorporating agricultural concepts into classroom instruction.
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