Liberty Elementary School Receives Lowe’s Toolbox For Education Grant

LIBERTY, July 23, 2014 – The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Liberty Elementary School. In partnership with LangeTree DUCK FARM  the grant will be used to teach Prairie View A & M Cooperative Extension’s Teaching Agricultural Sustainability Through Economics (T.A.S.T.E) entrepreneurship/gardening program.

The T.A.S.T.E  program teach youth, families, and senior citizens the value of growing crops for better nutrition, improved health, business development planning, and utilization of mother earth’s resources to increase income. T.A.S.T.E. also reinforces all of the federal S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and agriculture (S.T.E.A.M) disciplines while providing valuable life, learning and communications skills to all participants. Liberty Elementary is one of more than 600 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this spring.

According to Liberty County Community and Economic Development County Extension Agent Winnefred Jackson, “Through the T.A.S.T.E. program we will create an outdoor classroom/greenhouse which will allow us to focus on outdoor educational opportunities and entrepreneurship to expose youth to sustainable life skills. It is our belief that once youth learn the value of starting a small business it is a skill that they can expand upon and carry on to other generations”. It also allows them the ability to expand their horizons and create their own jobs and workforce development for their families, classmates and local residents

The hands on curriculum will be taught by Prairie View A & M University Community and Economic Development agents Lloyd Hebert and Winnefred Jackson as well as representatives from LangeTree DUCK FARM and Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Agent Alexis Cordova . By immersing small business and agricultural skills into the standard curriculum at all academic levels, students gain proficiency in starting and managing income producing agribusiness enterprises

The College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Prairie View A & M University is continuing its’ mission of “Growing ideas, Impacting lives” throughout Liberty.  The college hopes that these continued partnerships will encourage students to take part in their summer programs including Youth Lab and Research Extension Apprentice Program(REAP) and further develop their interest in careers in agribusiness. 

“We are excited about this great opportunity.  LES students will learn a great deal from this program and they will be able to apply it to their real lives,” said Liberty Elementary School Principal Stacy Cain. “ I am truly grateful that our students will benefit from such a wonderful experience.  I would like to thank everyone that made this possible.  We look forward to working with all stakeholders involved.”

If you would like more information about the T.A.S.T.E. program, please contact Liberty County Community & Economic Development Agent, Winnefred Jackson at (936)334-3230, wijackson@pvamu.edu or Jefferson County Community and Economic Development Agent, Lloyd Hebert at (409)835-8461, lj-hebert@tamu.edu or. For a more descriptive explanation of T.A.S.T.E., please take a look at our brief promotional video at https://vimeo.com/61822985.

 

 

 

 

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