Farm Credit Illinois recently awarded a community improvement grant in the amount of $500 to the Ellery Panthers 

4-H club of Edwards County.

The club will use the grant funds to build physical therapy steps for Little Prairie Pre-school and provide sensory boards for the students. 

The Ellery Panthers 4-H club was one of 50 4-H clubs and FFA chapters to receive a community improvement grant. This year Farm Credit Illinois has awarded a total of $25,000 in grant funds to clubs and chapters making tangible contributions in their communities by implementing an improvement project. 

The Ellery Panthers 4-H club is always looking for opportunities to “give back” and share with their neighbors. Many of our club members attended Little Prairie Preschool in their younger years. The club’s monthly meetings are held at Little Prairie Christian Church home of the preschool. The 4-H club contacted the preschool teachers, and the need for a set of therapy steps was mentioned. 

Club leaders wrote for a Farm Credit Grant and was awarded $500.00 for the project. Club leader Greg Shelton was indispensable for this project, providing his knowledge of the building process, as well as equipment and a workshop space to make the project happen. 

Various club members and club parents aided in the process. When the final polyurethane is applied, the steps will be presented to the Little Prairie Preschool by the Ellery Panthers 4-H Club. 

Farm Credit Illinois is a farmer-owned and directed agricultural cooperative serving 16,000 farmer, rural landowner, and agribusiness voting stockholder members in the southern 60 counties of Illinois. Dedicated to Helping Farm Families 

Succeed, FCI provides competitive and flexible financing, crop insurance expertise, and Rural 1st® country life lending. FCI manages a $4.8 billion loan portfolio, sells 1.4 million acres of crop insurance coverage, and employs 244 staff based in the Mahomet headquarters and 14 regional office locations. The Association will deliver additional cooperative value by returning 

$40 million of 2020 earnings as cash patronage to member-owners in 2021. The U.S. Farm Credit System supports rural communities, farm families, and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow.