In an effort to promote agricultural literacy, one Wisconsin school district also aims to carry out the FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”
Unity School District Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor Lisa Jagielo shared that the Unity FFA chapter earned a $1,000 grant from their local Walmart store to promote agricultural literacy. Jagielo facilitated the use of the funds to purchase educational kits for FFA students and several students from her agriculture class to assemble and distribute to all Unity Elementary and Middle School students to teach them about corn production.
Elementary kits included World of Corn activity books, canned corn, a farm facts brochure, and a living corn germination necklace lab kit. Middle school kits included “Corn Ag Mags,” farm facts, popcorn on a cob to microwave, and Farming in a Glove corn germination lab kits.
The project provided an exciting way to increase Unity School District's youngest learners’ knowledge of the agriculture field.
FFA chapters and associations can apply for several types of grants aimed at fulfilling a need related to community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; or community engagement. For more information on grants available, visit the FFA Organization Living to Serve web page.