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Burlington FFA receives TC Energy grant


October 9, 2019

(From left, back row) Oklahoma FFA Foundation Executive Director Holly Blakey, Reporter Kayli Stewart, Sentinel Gabe Stewart, Vice President Anna Motycka, Advisor Wyatt Shaw; (front row) President Tateyn Rieger, Treasurer Hailey Dotson, Secretary Lauren Lagos.

The Burlington FFA chapter, in conjunction with the Timberlake FFA chapter, was awarded funds for their project called "Drone Zone." These two FFA chapters have requested funds to purchase two drones and the necessary accessories to effectively operate the drones.

The use of drones in the classroom will be interwoven throughout existing curriculum and will provide new learning opportunities as well as enhance existing lessons. Students will learn valuable lessons in agriscience, technology, engineering, math and agri-communications.

"We are so excited to work with Oklahoma businesses who believe in what is happening through agricultural education and the many careers that students are being introduced to through the use of technology in their local school ag-ed departments," said Holly Blakey, executive director of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation.

Trevence Mitchell, senior advisor, community and employee iInvolvement, said, "At TC Energy, we support education and training initiatives in the communities where we do business to help develop the next generation of community leaders and build vibrant communities."

These grants were made available to agricultural education programs in Oklahoma. Grants awarded fell under one of these four categories: Safety Equipment or Education, Community Impact, Environmental Impact, or Leadership Development. Grant applications ranged from $1,000 - $5,000 with a total of $26,000 in grants awarded. Priority was given to applications allowing for equipment to be shared between programs.


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