We appreciate each year our volunteers remain active as Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) volunteers. Years of service are cumulative.
There are three levels of recognition in the volunteer recognition program. Each level of recognition is based on the number of visits that are made to classrooms in kindergarten through grade 12, our target audience for the Agriculture in the Classroom program. In addition to grades K-12, licensed preschools for ages 4 and 5, presentations made to students in a Head Start programs and youth organizations also qualify and are eligible to count towards the recognition program for volunteers. Levels are calculated annually (January 1 - December 31).
Present a lesson to a minimum of 5 classrooms or 100* students in grades K-12.
Present to a minimum of 10 classrooms or 200* students in grades K-12 and participate in at least one county Farm Bureau or other agricultural event** where the target audience is students in grades K-12 or their families. For example, Ag Day.
Present to a minimum of 20 classrooms or 400* students in grades K-12 and participate in at least one county Farm Bureau or other agricultural event ** where the target audience is students in grades K-12. For example, Ag Day.
*The individual students can be achieved through presentations given to 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, home-school groups, etc. when the students participating in the presentation or activity are in pre-K (ages 4 and 5) through grade 12.
** The numbers of students reached during an event do not count toward the 10/20 classrooms or 200/400 students.
The Volunteer of the Year award honors AITC volunteers who have gone above and beyond for the AITC program and provided unique or exemplary work in educating the public about the important role agriculture plays in our everyday lives. This individual consistently demonstrates quality leadership and the ability to take initiative to enrich the lives of student learners in their community.
A volunteer can only receive the Volunteer of the Year award once every ten years.
A Volunteer of the Year award will be awarded annually, except when the selection committee deems that there is no suitable recipient or no nominations have been received from a district.