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Lakeland Agriculture Program Looking to Expand

In February, Katie Allen, Lakeland Agricultural Science and Business teacher, was notified that the Lakeland Agricultural Program had been nominated by local farmer(s) to participate for a grant from the Monsanto Fund: America’s Farmers Grow Rural Eduation.

In April, the Lakeland Agricultural Program turned in a grant application and it was announced in July that the application was selected as a finalist for the grant. Lakeland Agricultural Program went to work after being nominated to determine what the program needed.

With abundant help from Crystal Leu the grant application was filled out to create an AgriScience Outdoor lab that consists of a new pole barn and greenhouse that will support hands-on highly technical science curriculum for students at Lakeland high school and middle school. Teachers and students will be able to conduct projects involving plant and animal life in an environment that supports this curricular focus. Students will be able to take what is being learned in the classroom and apply it in a real-world setting. The barn and greenhouse will be built at the school’s already existing 19 acre school farm where the Ag/FFA program have already been working with Case IH to teach students how to farm by renting a Case tractor and planter through their educational program.

It was announced on August 4th that Lakeland’s application was chosen for $25,000 grant after being reviewed first by math and science teachers from ineligible school districts, then by the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 prominent farmers from across the country. The Advisory Council was impressed with Lakeland’s dedication to their students and their innovative ideas for improving their educational experiences.

The $25,000 check will be presented to Lakeland School late August.