While most Illinois schools are back in session today, a group
of volunteers are cycling to raise awareness of agriculture in the
classrooms in the state. IFB's Ken Kashian is on the trip and filed
This week, cyclists are traveling through a four county area of
West-Central Illinois for the 18th annual event. This
cross-country style ride September 2-4, is an annual fundraiser
hosted by the IAA Foundation to support the Illinois Agriculture in
the Classroom Programs.
Susan Moore, Director of
the IAA Foundation, said the routes take riders through Knox,
Henry, Mercer and Warren Counties, with lodging and evening
activities in the Galesburg area. "They'll pedal past lakes, wind
farm turbines, historic communities, beautiful country hillsides,
and the Ronald Reagan Trail, all while building a greater awareness
Along each bike route
cyclists stop at schools where fun, interactive student assemblies
are held. Cyclists and IAITC staff and volunteers tell
students the important story of agriculture.
Equally important, students are reminded about bicycle
safety from this group of "pros."
If you live in the areas
mentioned, why not show your support for the riders!
The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
program is dedicated to teaching students the role that farmers and
agriculture plays in our daily lives. Participation in events like
the IAITC Bike Ride helps raise funds to continue agriculture
literacy programs and provide free resources to teachers in the
Check back in a couple of
days. Once our riders have a chance to shower up and recover
from the ride, we will report their accomplishments and stories
here on the ILFB.ORG website!