Christine Hecke, a Spring Hill Middle School teacher, recently attended a course at Kansas State University. The course was designed to bring agriculture into the classroom. Submitted photo

Christine Hecke, a Spring Hill Middle School teacher, recently attended a course at Kansas State University. The course was designed to bring agriculture into the classroom. Submitted photo

Christine Hecke, a teacher at Spring Hill Middle School, recently learned how to integrate agriculture into her classroom. Hecke completed “Connecting Your Classroom to Kansas Agriculture,” sponsored by the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC).
The course is designed to provide teachers with a broad understanding of our state’s number one industry. Kansas State University hosted the course June 10-14.
“With one in five of our students going into a career related to agriculture, the Foundation believes it is important to expose them to the possibilities by helping teachers discover agriculture and its exciting outreach,” said Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director.
Using a hands-on approach, the teachers experienced lesson plans and activities geared toward agriculture. Agricultural professionals gave them the opportunity to experience agriculture first hand.
“What a great opportunity for students to better understand how agriculture impacts not only our food production, but also agricultural-related careers,” Hecke said.
Hecke received tuition scholarships provided by ICM, Inc., Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Dairy Commission, Midwest Dairy Council, Johnson County Farm Bureau Association and Miami County Conservation District.