Johnston County Teacher Earns ‘Going Local’ Grant

North Carolina Farm Bureau has awarded Candace Parker a teacher at South Johnston High School with an Ag in the Classroom “Going Local” grant.

“There is no more valuable resource in North Carolina than our students and the teachers charged with their education,” said Larry Wooten, president of North Carolina Farm Bureau. “Through our Ag in the Classroom program, the state’s farmers are investing in the future leaders of North Carolina, as well as the future of agriculture, which is the state’s top economic sector.”

Mrs. Parker and South Johnston High will be using the funds to purchase a preserved equine digestive tract and stomach model to use for Equine Science 1 & 2 classes. The school has a significant number of students that have an interest in horses. Additionally, the fact that NC has two major agricultural centers hosting large horse related events and a college of veterinary medicine is significant. Therefore, having these learning aids to better educate interested students on a vital component of equine husbandry, nutrition and digestion, is critical to our economy and the future of agriculture.

North Carolina Farm Bureau provides agricultural outreach grants to North Carolina teachers through its Ag in the Classroom Going Local program. Going Local grants are valued at up to $500 each and help teachers provide their PreK-12th grade students with valuable, real-world education and experiences about farming and agribusiness, while adhering to the school system’s common core and essential standards. County Farm Bureaus play an integral role in providing information regarding the grants and curriculum to teachers throughout North Carolina.

North Carolina private and public school teachers are eligible for the grants, which are available twice a year. Grant submission deadlines are April 15 and November 15.