St. Mary Immaculate School Teacher Receives Two Grants from “Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom”


St. Mary Immaculate fourth-grade teacher, Renee Streicher, is the recipient of two grants from  “Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.”  One of the grants purchases $250 in books which Streicher will use in her social studies and language arts classes for literature circles.  Both sets of books focus on the importance and business of agriculture in our lives.

The second grant is a hands-on project entitled “From Lamb to Art – Illinois Farms Create Textile Art.” Students will engage in an arts project which will demonstrate that agriculture not only impacts the food we eat, but also the art we enjoy. Small business owners and craftspeople will visit as special speakers for this project. Fourth-grade students will also serve as teachers as the project will include their kindergarten buddies.

Streicher is a 23-year veteran teacher.  She has spent the last 12 years at St. Mary’s in fourth grade.