Dr. Jean Gleichsner, associate professor of agriculture within the College of Health and Life Sciences at Fort Hays State University, recently received recognition for the Best Intergenerational Service Project at the 2003 Service-Learning Spring Institute hosted by the Community Service Program at Kansas State University.
The award was in recognition of a service-learning project for a cereal, fiber and oil crops course in which university students exposed pre- and grade-school children in Ellis County to the importance of agriculture and wheat production in Kansas.
The university students discussed how flour is made, assisted with agriculture word searches, showed how big an acre is on the playground, and used John Deere farm toys to show how wheat is planted and harvested. The highlight of the visit was having children and teachers make bread and then eat their hard work. Funding for the project was made available through a grant from the Western Kansas Community Service Consortium.