The Kansas Beef Council (KBC), in partnership with the Kansas Corn Commission, offers beef education resources and reimbursement to Kansas high school and middle school family and consumer science classrooms. Reimbursement funds provided through the checkoff-funded Beef Certificate Program support purchases of beef used for classroom lessons about lean beef selection, storage, preparation and nutrition.
To date, 136 Kansas high schools and middle schools have applied for the 2017-2018 Beef Certificate Program. Teachers have reported 16,466 students from across the state were reached, with an average cost per student of just $1.26. Two Kansas teachers recently were recognized for exceptional beef lesson plans and efficient receipt submissions through the Beef Certificate Program. Bridget Heier of Seaman High School in Topeka and Cheri Haskett of Skyline Schools in Pratt received additional funds to be used for classroom supplies.
KBC Director of Nutrition Abby Heidari attended the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science Resource Fair in Manhattan at the end of July. She provided teachers with updated information on the program. Teachers relayed positive feedback on the digital expansion of the program and emphasized the need for classroom resources and lesson plans. In response to teacher feedback, the 2018-2019 Beef Certificate Program will include distribution of the True Beef DVD with standardized lesson plans. Other updates to the program for the current school year include improved communications with teachers; a streamlined online application and reimbursement process; and website updates with classroom resources.