Area schools to participate in ammonia campaign

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Louisiana Ammonia Producers (LAP) and the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE) recently distributed “Raising Radishes with Amazing Ammonia” experiment kits to teach second graders the importance and benefits of Louisiana’s ammonia industry to our state, nation and world.

The kits provide students an opportunity to grow real vegetables and learn about the uses and benefits of fertilizers. The kits were distributed to elementary schools in Ascension, St. James and East Iberville parishes in January. This is the 18th year in row for this program.

“We hope to help children and parents understand and appreciate the importance of ammonia products made right here in South Louisiana to the global food supply,” LAP Chairman Duane Lee said. “Our LAP members are excited to continue this partnership with LRCE in providing a popular education tool to help science teachers explain important lessons.”

The school kits include fertilizer, soil, peat pots, radish seeds, coloring books and journals for each student, as well as a classroom poster, achievement rewards and a detailed lesson plan. The hands-on project is very popular with teachers and students alike and provides a unique and entertaining enhancement to traditional instruction.

Alongside with LAP, the LRCE has been critical in making the program a success, assisting in developing the academic curriculum and distributing kits to the local schools. 

“Raising Radishes with Amazing Ammonia teaches second graders important math and science skills,” LRCE Executive Director Nancy Roberts said. “This hands-on learning experience creates a lasting impact and helps students make a connection between what they’re learning in school and how it influences day-to-day life.”

About the Louisiana Ammonia Producers

The Louisiana Ammonia Producers is a partnership of several companies and facilities in Louisiana that manufacture ammonia for sale across the country. LAP members include CF Industries in Donaldsonville; Mosaic Fertilizers, LLC in St. James and PCS Nitrogen in Geismar. These companies employ about 850 people and contribute approximately $20 million to the economy in state and local taxes annually. For more information on the Louisiana Ammonia Producers, visit www.Lammonia.org.

About the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators

The Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE) is dedicated to supporting innovation in education for students, teachers, administrators, higher education and families. LRCE houses a resource library of more than 90,000 items, which can be searched online. LRCE is a shared resource center for educators in the public, private, parochial, charter, and home school sectors. Additionally, LRCE provides workshops and training for Louisiana's educators, an alternative certification program, and more. Since 2003 LRCE has provided certification training for over 1,700 people through it’s alternative certification program, LRCE Teach! This unique program allows degreed professionals a pathway to certification while they are teaching. 

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