Friday, August 22, 2014
AT&T invested in education and agriculture literacy by presenting Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) $10,000 during Ag Day festivities last week at the Illinois State Fair, Springfield.
“We feel our future workforce is dependent on education and youth,” Paul La Schiazza, AT&T Illinois president, told FarmWeek. “The agriculture community, in general, is important to our economy and to Illinois...We want everyone to understand the importance of agriculture.”
During the last four years, AT&T has supported leading Illinois agriculture organizations, including IAITC, Illinois 4-H and college agriculture program scholarships through charitable giving and support at the Illinois State Fair Sale of Champions. In total, AT&T has contributed nearly $200,000 for ag education, scholarships and anti-texting-while-driving programs.
This year IAITC and the state agriculture industry named AT&T a Friend of Agriculture and presented the award at the State Fair. “Through the years, AT&T has shown a true understanding of how supportive partnerships with groups like 4-H, FFA and IAITC benefit not only our youth and rural communities, but our economy as a whole,” said Susan Moore, IAA Foundation director.
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