RINGGOLD — Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom has awarded educational grants to 62 Virginia schools spanning 44 localities, including Pittsylvania County, for the 2020-2021 school year.
Funding will be allocated to provide 22,000 youth with agriculture experiences related to gardening, animal agriculture, STEM, health, nutrition and leadership development.
“Grant applications for 2020 reflected the needs for both hands-on and virtual learning,” said Tammy Maxey, Virginia AITC programs director. “Projects represented a wide range of plant and animal educational projects, from the creation of division-wide virtual agri-science videos to revitalizing school gardens.
Dan River High School was one of the few selected schools to receive grants totaling $29,000.
"We are pleased to have representation from pre-k through 12th-grade educators from across the commonwealth," Maxey said.
Agriculture in the Classroom is a national program that promotes greater understanding of agriculture through education.
The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a nonprofit organization that receives financial and administrative support from Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. For more information, visit AgInTheClass.org.