The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom turned 35 years old in 2017, and the milestone did not go without celebration.
At the annual meeting in November at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, the 32 donors, teachers, board members and staff who make up KFAC offered special recognition to donors and teachers.
Bill Spiegel, KFAC board chairman, welcomed guests and offered thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in promoting agriculture in Kansas classrooms over the past year. As a special 35th anniversary celebration, Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director, recognized donors who have generously supported KFAC over the last 15 years.
Giving levels that were recognized included Platinum (more than $100,000) — Kansas Wheat and Soybean and Corn Commissions; Gold ($50,000 - $99,000) — Kansas Farm Bureau; Silver Level ($25,000 - $49,999) — Kansas Department of Agriculture and NRCS of Kansas; and Bronze Level ($10,000 - $24,000) — Frontier Farm Credit and Farm Credit Association of Kansas. Other donors that were recognized during the meeting included Franklin County and Jackson County Conservation Districts.
After hearing an update on the annual work of the foundation, attendees heard an inspiring presentation by the 2018 KFAC Teacher of the Year — Wanda Small from Atchison County Community School.
Also presenting were the regional Excellence in Teaching award winners, sponsored by the KFB Foundation for Agriculture. Awardees included John Colle, Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson; Sarah Clancy, Marlatt Elementary School, Manhattan; and teacher team from Service Valley Charger Academy, Oswego, Rochelle Sheddrick and Sheila Robison.
Small will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference, to be held in Portland, Maine, in June 2018, sponsored by High Plains Journal and AG am in Kansas. The regional winners will receive their choice of a $600 scholarship for the NAITC conference or a $200 cash prize to be used to purchase agriculture supplies for their classrooms, sponsored by KFB Foundation for Agriculture.
The Golden Apple award for outstanding service over the years was presented to board member Roberta Spencer of the Jackson County Conservation District. Spencer is a long-time board member, and has provided leadership to KFAC on the education committee for a number of years.
Also recognized during the meeting were long-time supporters Larry and Pat Parker, who have served as the KFAC investment committee treasurer for over 30 years and the KFAC accountant, respectively.
Retiring board members Bill Spiegel and Holly Martin were presented with gifts and certificates for their years of service.
The 2017 KFAC annual report is available at ksagclassroom.org.
Source: Kansas Agriculture in the Classroom