Marlatt teachers bring agriculture to class

By Jelani Yancey

Sarah Clancy, Barb McClintock and Amy Runyan, teachers at Marlatt Elementary, recently learned how to integrate agriculture into their classrooms. Clancy, McClintock and Runyan completed “Connecting Your Classroom to Kansas Agriculture,” sponsored by the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC).

The course is designed to provide teachers with a broad understanding of our state’s number one industry. Kansas State University hosted the course on June 11-15.     

“With one in five of our students going into a career related to agriculture, the Foundation believes it is important to expose them to the possibilities by helping teachers discover agriculture and its exciting outreach,” said Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director.     

Using a hands-on approach, the teachers experienced lesson plans and activities geared toward agriculture. Agricultural professionals gave them the opportunity to experience agriculture first hand.

“I have learned how to incorporate agriculture into my existing units,” said Clancy. “I am excited to show my students the knowledge that I gained.”

Amy Runyan agreed that the class gave her some great strategies to implement into her classroom.

“These ideas will provide my students with a greater understanding of agriculture and how it influences our world,” Runyan said.

“This was a wonderful educational experience and I feel I will be able to take many resources back to the classroom with me,” McClintock said.

The three Marlatt Elementary teachers received tuition scholarships provided by ICM, Inc., Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Dairy Association and Osage County Conservation District.

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. KFAC was founded in 1982 as part of a nationwide initiative to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.

For more information, visit ksagclassroom.org or call 785-532-7946.









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