6021 Development Drive, Suite 2, Charleston, IL 61920 info@colescountyswcd.org 217-345-3901 ext. 3

Education Update: New Education Coordinator

Coles County SWCD is pleased to introduce our new Administrative & Education Coordinator, Bryson Gibson! Mr. Gibson is a 2007 graduate of Tuscola High School and 2013 graduate from Eastern Illinois University, where he studied sociology. Prior to accepting the position with us, he had been substitute teaching around Coles County, primarily in the Oakland and Charleston school districts. Before that he worked in the youth mental health field for around 4 years, and also has experience in Special Education, which is a passion of his. He is looking forward to working with teachers throughout the county to help bring conservation and agriculture into classrooms with fun and educational programs!

In addition to offering classroom presentation on various topics, we have lots of resources available for check-out including numerous themed resource kits. These are available for classrooms, homeschool groups, etc. For October, our suggested activities revolve around pumpkins. We also have resource kits with themes related to Animals and Farms (check out the Turkey kit for November!), Plants, Soil, Water Cycles, Insects, Illinois, and even a very popular Farm-to-Pizza kit. Give Bryson a call at our office or email info@colescountyswcd.org for more information.

Coles County Illinois Ag in the Classroom Seeking Individuals to Serve on Local Advisory Council.

The local advisory council meets approx. 4 times a year to provide guidance and direction to the coordinator and the program so that local students receive the best ag literacy program possible. Anyone with agriculture and/or education experience can join but we are particularly looking for educators and agriculture industry professionals to help provide networking and volunteer opportunities to grow the program here in Coles County.