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Several representatives from Chase County Farm Bureau and Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation (NFBF) were on hand Monday during a surprise assembly to present Arlys Cupp the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year award for 2020. Standing from left are Mike Nelson, Chase County Farm Bureau president; Courtney Schaardt, director of outreach education at NFBF; Arlys Cupp; Rob Hartman, CC Farm Bureau board member; and Heidi Pieper, regional manager for Nebraska Farm Bureau. (Johnson Publications photo)

Cupp awarded Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Ag Teacher of the Year

    Arlys Cupp, a second-grade teacher at Chase County Schools (CCS), was honored at a surprise ceremony in the school auditorium on Monday.
    In attendance for the presentation of the award  were K-6 principal Becky Odens, CCS elementary students, teachers, state and local Farm Bureau representatives, family and friends.
    The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation (NFBF) selected Arlys Cupp for the 2020 Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year honor.
    The award is given to outstanding teachers that incorporate agriculture into their classroom through innovative ideas and lessons, said Erin Stieren, director of marketing/communications for NFBF.
    Presenting Cupp with the award was Mike Nelson, Chase County Farm Bureau president.
    A large box of books for elementary-aged students was also given to Cupp, as well as a bouquet of flowers from longtime friend Connie Pribbeno.
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    “The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is pleased to honor Arlys Cupp, a teacher who demonstrates a strong connection between core classroom learning and agriculture all year in the classroom,” said Courtney Schaardt, director of outreach education.
    “She creatively incorporates lessons and activities that help students understand that agriculture is their source of food, fiber and fuel.”
    Cupp has been a teacher in southwest Nebraska for 35 years.
    Throughout those years, she has continuously incorporated agriculture into her curriculum, Schaardt said.
    “I use many ways to connect learning and agriculture into core subject areas like language arts, math, social studies and science,” Cupp said.

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