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F&M Trust supports Renfrew Institute student programs

F&M Trust representatives Bill Snell - President and CEO, Natasha Koons - Waynesboro Office Manager, and Renee Preso - Assistant Vice President and Southern Franklin County Market Manager, present a check for $1500 to Tracy Holliday – Assistant Director/Grants Administrator of Renfrew Institute.(Waynesboro, PA) F&M Trust presented a checkfor $1500 to the RenfrewInstitute for Cultural and Environmental Studies to support two programs forstudents: Wake up Earth,it’s Spring! and From Field to Table.

Wake up Earth, it’s Spring! is a program for kindergarten students not enrolled in Earthseekers. Students walk a trail to find signs of Spring; along the way they find several stations where they have opportunities for sensory exploration. Additionally, there is reinforcement of the concept that the sun provides energy for planet Earth.

From Field to Table program teaches students in grade 5 and up about Pennsylvania German Food Preservation & Preparation.Students learn how the Pennsylvania German settlers provisioned themselves for the winter. Offered in the fall season, the program uses hands-on activities to demonstrate basic methods of food preservation such as drying, pickling, candying, and cellaring. Within the context of food preservation, students learn about aspects of basic physical science, such as compounds, mixtures, acids, and bases. Hands-on activities are varied and may include grinding grain and “stomping kraut.” The concept of self-sufficiency is explained as students compare and contrast the technology of the early 1800s with that of today. Students gain awareness of their reliance on modern agricultural industry and practices to provide for nutritional needs, and learn of its economic importance in the region.

Waynesboro Office Manager Natasha Koons interacts with a kindergarten student at Renfrew’s  Wake up Earth, it’s Spring! program.  The mission of the Renfrew Institute is to guide the residents of the Cumberland Valley to become stewards of their natural and cultural worlds. To achieve this, they provide environmental and cultural education to elementary and secondary school children, support and conduct research, and provide programs that entertain and inform the community. For more information on the Renfrew Institute, as well as the programs listed above, visit www.renfrewinstiture.org.

F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with over $1 billion in assets.With twenty-five community-banking offices in Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, and Cumberland Counties, the bank has offices in Waynesboro, Mont Alto, Greencastle, Marion, Chambersburg, St. Thomas, Shippensburg, Newville, McConnellsburg, Warfordsburg, Hustontown, Orbisonia, Carlisle, and Boiling Springs.