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Local Ag in the Classroom program accepts donation from CHS Rochelle

People standing with big check

OREGON, Ill. –    University of Illinois Extension serving Ogle and Carroll counties accepted a $2,300 donation made to the Ag in the Classroom program from CHS Rochelle. Melinda Colbert, AITC Program Coordinator, was on hand to accept the check at the presentation. This program provides free lessons, activities, and resources to schools and teachers connecting agriculture to their school curriculum.

“CHS invests in programs that strengthen hometown communities and develop future generations of ag leaders,” said Samantha Zaccaria. “We are happy to support Ag in the Classroom to highlight an emphasis on creating strong partnerships and making investments that will enrich communities and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.”

Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a statewide educational program with lessons offered to kindergarten through 8th grade. Its goal is to help students, teachers, and the public gain greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society. Ag in the Classroom is offered through the University of Illinois Extension Ogle County in partnership with Ogle County Farm Bureau, Carroll County Farm Bureau, Ogle County Soil & Water, and Carroll County Soil & Water.

Photo (left to right): Matt Wolf, CHS Rochelle; Mark Zaccaria, CHS Rochelle; Melinda Colbert, Extension AITC Program Coordinator; Samantha Zaccaria, CHS Rochelle; and Tyler Angell, CHS Rochelle.

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Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.