WAIC receives support and celebrates fundraising efforts – Wyoming Livestock Roundup


Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) celebrated the Wyoming Students Future Campaign on June 1 at the Wolcott Galleria in Casper, where many donors and supporters attended, including Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).

The Wyoming Students of Wyoming Future Campaign raised a total of $4,767,577. This was collected from 427 donors with donations from across Wyoming. Wyoming is special in how people meet the needs of their communities.

WAIC Executive Director Jessie Dafoe said, “You have helped our organization through a critical period of growth, but more than that, you have helped Wyoming students, teachers, and families. I had the honor of being part of a scholarship panel earlier this year where a young woman said, “Whatever my community lacks, I miss too. I thought that was so deep coming from such a young student. It made me think of the collective problem that we have all recognized in our state, which is our young people’s understanding of our core industries, the use of critical thinking skills, and the internalization of stewardship. The best news, the Wyoming Stewardship Project is addressing all of this and meeting the need we have for Wyoming. Your support helps solve the problem.

This campaign directly supports the Wyoming Stewardship Project, a free program available to Wyoming educators and students statewide. The goal of this project is for students to gain an understanding of Wyoming’s vast resources and become informed citizens capable of serving as stewards of Wyoming’s future.

These students will become voters, community leaders and legislators. They must have a fundamental understanding of our state and the critical thinking skills to strengthen and lead Wyoming in the next 20 years and beyond. This happens by creating curiosity and global awareness at a young age, the reason to focus on elementary grades.

The program offers units of study around three key economic drivers of Wyoming: agriculture, minerals and energy, and outdoor recreation and tourism. WAIC is committed to developing the next generation of Wyoming.

WAIC’s goal is to reach 825 second- through fifth-grade classrooms by 2025. An effort like this is only possible because of the generous involvement of Wyoming families through their support.

WAIC could not be more grateful and excited to send education advocates (campaign funds support these positions) to serve Wyoming communities, especially educators and students.

Rindy West, Director of Development, shared her thoughts as she thanked the many generous donors.

“The cowboy spirit is something that we think made this a great campaign, and we just can’t thank you enough. As we celebrate this effort and focus on achieving the ambitious goals of the future, we know that we will continue to seek out those who realize the value of these lessons in agriculture, minerals and mining. energy, as well as recreation and outdoor tourism,” says West.

WAIC envisions a future in which the interdependence of Wyoming people, agriculture, and natural resources is recognized and valued for the benefit of all communities. Interested people can support this work and encourage a primary school teacher to participate in a summer workshop.

To learn more, visit www.wyaitc.org.

This article is courtesy of Wyoming Ag in the Classroom. Send your comments on this article to roundup@wylr.net.


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