Four $100 Mini-Grants for Educators Available

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Pennsylvania educators – the “Discover Dairy Lesson Series” is offering four $100 mini-grants.

To be eligible to win one of the mini-grants, the teachers must use at least two of the Discover Dairy lessons in their classroom and complete an online evaluation of the lessons by May 31, 2012. All materials for the lessons, including a video motivator, lesson plan, guided reading tool, classroom activity or lab-based instruction, and an assessment tool, are available to download online. Mini-grants will be awarded for the 2012-2011 academic year and can be used to purchase classroom supplies.

Discover Dairy was introduced in 2008 as a joint initiative of the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Center for Dairy Excellence. The program is funded through the Dairy Checkoff program and offered at no cost to educators. It includes lessons for upper elementary and middle school classrooms that incorporate math, science and reading concepts to show how dairy farmers care for their cows, the milk they produce, the environment and the community.

Dairy farm families with connections in local school districts are encouraged to visit with teachers and curriculum advisors to encourage them to take advantage of the mini-grant opportunity.

In addition to the Discover Dairy Lesson Series, other resources are available online to educate students about the dairy farm. Any dairy farm family planning a farm tour can access a Discover Dairy Farmer Toolkit, Pre-tour Planning Guide and other resources to use in building a plan for educating the students while at the farm.

Source: The Center for Dairy Excellence