HARD AT WORK — Remsen Junior/Senior High School eighth-graders Christopher Aiken, Jonathan Jewett, Evelyn Morgan and Abby Barton work on a poster project during agriculture class on Thursday. The district has been awarded a $5,000 grant to support its year-old agriculture program. (Photo submitted)

Remsen awarded $5,000 for ag program

Published Jan 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Remsen Junior/Senior High School, in its first year of offering agriculture education courses, has received a $5,000 grant awarded by Cornell University’s Agriculture Education and Outreach program.

The Agriculture Education Incentive Grant program helps public school-based agricultural education initiatives secure resources for curriculum development, professional development, program development, resource acquisitions and program coordination.

Remsen agriculture teacher Rayne Ives said “as a new program, we are thrilled to have been selected to receive this grant....These funds will allow us to develop a rigorous, modern curriculum and ensure that our students are agriculturally literate after taking courses and following the program.”

“The agriculture program is allowing for engaging teaching and learning methods through both classroom and real-life applications,” the Remsen agriculture teacher added.

Remsen is one of 84 schools that applied for and were selected to receive the grant, the Remsen district said.

Agriculture education programs include Classroom Instruction, FFA and work-based learning known as Supervised Agricultural Experiences.

There are 176 schools offering agricultural education programs to more than 10,000 students across the state, the district said.