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Normal CornBelters Heading Back To School

Oct 29, 2012

Normal CornBelters Heading Back To School

The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, are teaming up with Tri-Valley Middle School, University of Illinois Extension and McLean County Community COMPACT for the fall session of the “Sixth Grade Business/Education Partnership” program.  The goal of the program is to increase the awareness of students concerning the "world of work."  The CornBelters will play their first home game of the 2013 season at The Corn Crib on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. versus the Windy City ThunderBolts.

“We’re really looking forward to participating in this program,” said CornBelters General Manager, Kyle Kreger.  “Whether it’s through our Reading Program, belonging to local civic organizations or simply donating to charitable causes, giving back to our community has always been a top priority for us.  That’s especially the case when it comes to our youth.”

The program will officially begin Thursday, November 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Tri-Valley Middle School.  Through mid-December, several front office staff members will speak with students regarding their professional background and job responsibilities with the CornBelters.  Students can then earn prizes by answering trivia questions, as well as asking questions of their own.  Corny is also rumored to make an appearance…  The program will ultimately come to an end at The Corn Crib on Sunday, May 26 (Tri-Valley Middle School Sixth Graders Night).

“We’re excited to have professionals from our community share their experiences with our students,” said Tri-Valley Middle School Sixth Grade Teacher, Joye Solvie.  “The students are looking forward to learning about the CornBelters organization.  We have several baseball fans here, and I know the students will be ecstatic when they learn they will be able to visit The Corn Crib for an exclusive tour prior to the May 26 game.”

The COMPACT currently works with over 100 local businesses to form partnerships with every single sixth grade classroom in McLean County.  This is one of the original programs developed by the COMPACT in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension.  It began in 1989 with just four businesses participating.  It now provides information regarding specific businesses, workplace readiness skills, and career education to over 2,700 McLean County students.  The teachers and businesses are able to integrate curriculum into the businesses practices that helps show students the correlation between both the education and real world business applications.

“This program enables students to make the connection between learning and real life employment experiences,” said University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development Program Assistant, Alex Trimble.  “Its benefits are numerous in preparing students for the ‘world of work.’”

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