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June 28--  Students in the third through eighth grades in Montgomery County will be taking a new agriculture education course when they return to school in August.

School Superintendent Hugh Kight believes it's important for them to understand the importance of agriculture and how it works, "In the rural area we live in, agriculture plays a big part and we want kids to understand that corn comes from fields and not Walmart."

The school system is one of 20 in Georgia to get a grant for this pilot program and Montgomery County is also partnering with Lowe's for a class in horticulture, "We think it's very important they understand about the agricultural process.  We also have a grant from Lowe's for a small greenhouse at our elementary school.  We applied for the state grant and were chosen as a pilot school and are very excited about that," Kight said.

The school has hired a former Montgomery County High School valedictorian, Lauren Braddy, a graduate of Abraham Baldwin College, to teach the class, "She was real big in FFA and we're proud to have her," the superintendent said.

Bricks 'R Us

The Montgomery County school system wrapping up a fundraising effort for money to improve athletic facilities.  Superintendent Kight says you can sponsor a brick with your name on it and it will be used to build a "Wall of Fame" at Brogdon Field where the Montgomery County Eagles play football.

"We have a private donor who's going to match it if we can get to $25,000 so we can do some athletic facility upgrades," Kight noted.

The campaign needs $3,000 more by the end of June to meet the match and you can buy a brick online, "You can pull up our website, the Montgomery County schools website, and order a brick without having to leave the house," the Superintendent said.

Here's a link to order: http://brickrus.com/donorsite/MCEagles