AT&T donates to Illinois Ag in the Classroom
AT&T donated $20,000 to the Illinois AITC program during a ceremony on Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.
Published: Aug 16, 2012
As a result of this generous gift, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) is able to distribute the Illinois Agriculture School Calendar to over 25,000 classrooms. This education tool and IAITC program staple
features a different agriculture theme each month, often related to the time of year and topics of interest. Daily “Ag Facts” keep students engaged in learning about the importance of agriculture and how it helps put food on their table. Other teacher-favorite features include nutrition information, vocabulary words, and suggested reading.
“The Illinois Agriculture Calendar works seamlessly in conjunction with other IAITC materials,” said Kevin Daugherty, Director of Education for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom. “Students look forward to reading the daily “ag fact” on the calendar. In fact, teachers tell us that often students will remind them that they need to read their ag fact for the day if she forgets. It’s truly a great way to keep agriculture a part of education every day!”
"At AT&T, we recognize that our people are our most critical resource. So we invest in education because we want to ensure the next generation of leaders and workers is prepared to meet the great challenges of a global economy," said Paul La Schiazza, President, AT&T Illinois. "Today, we are proud to support the Agriculture in the Classroom program to ensure that the next generation fully appreciates the benefits of agriculture to the people and the economy of Illinois."
We appreciate the commitment AT&T shows to the entire state of Illinois,” said Susan Moore, Director of the IAA Foundation. “By investing in a program like IAITC, urban and rural students alike benefit from understanding how important our farmers are. It’s a welcome sign to have a partner like AT&T who sees how making that connection from farm to fork is so vital today, particularly for the livelihood of our agriculture community.”
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