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Colquitt County teacher awarded AFBF White-Reinhardt Scholarship

Justin McDowell, a teacher at Hamilton Elementary School in Colquitt County, is one of 15 educators nationwide to receive scholarships to attend the 2019 National Ag in the Classroom Conference (NAITC).

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recognized teachers and classroom volunteers for their exceptional efforts to encourage agricultural literacy. Those recognized will each receive a $1,500 scholarship. The National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference is set for June 18-21 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The foundation, through the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education, sponsors the scholarships in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

McDowell teaches science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at Hamilton Elementary School, located in Hartsfield, west of Moultrie.

The conference helps educators from across the nation learn how to incorporate real-life agricultural applications into science, social studies, language arts, math and nutrition lessons. Scholarship recipients were judged on their past use of innovative programs to educate students about agriculture as well as plans to implement information gained at the NAITC conference in their own lesson plans and share the information with other teachers and volunteer educators.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and state Farm Bureaus also support and participate in the program’s efforts. The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education honors two former American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in early national efforts to educate about agriculture and improve agricultural literacy.