b"Illinois Agriculture in the ClassroomAg Literacy Makes Food toFarm ConnectionsIllinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) helps students explore the world of agriculture through lessons and activities on subjects ranging from soils to butterflies! These hands-on experiences result in students who grow up with a better understanding and appreciation for agriculture. Free Resources for TeachersAll lessons meet Illinois learning standards and are available at no cost to Illinois schools. Ag Mags serve as the cornerstone publication of IAITC. Each new Ag Mag is created using Smart Board technology and is available online and in classroom packs of 30. Strong Outreach to ClassroomsIAITC has long-standing and trusted connections with educators. That's because our grassroots efforts provide scientifically sound, fact-based lessons delivered locally by trained staff and volunteers. Support That MattersMaintaining a strong program means a continued need for financial support. Thanks to the ongoing support of generous donors, the IAA Foundation helps keep IAITC thriving. 33 Chicago classroomsResources utilized in 70% were adopted by farmers(2,972) of school centers for the Adopt-a-Classroomin the state of Illinois year-long pen pal program. $640,000 in grants were awarded to 79 local ag literacy programs, serving 89 Illinois counties, allowing them to grow and strengthen local grassroots efforts. 14 IAA Foundation Impact Report"