About | K-12 Agriculture Conservation Literacy Program

Pizz-A-Thon's Agriculture Literacy Interactive Web Site


Table top display & team created pizza, Saint Ludmila*

(5 minute Team marketing presentation)





Cooperative Learning through real life applications of team creations!

          Adaptable to teacher time constraints and core learning (student centered, allowing for minimum supervision).       

  • A K-12 real world learning program centered around team management of a mock pizza business 

  • Makes learning school subjects in art, science, health, language arts and natural resources come to life!

  • Kids become excited and engaged in leadership experiences featuring development of skills in communications, team building, motivation, delegating, creativity, responsibility, and discovering self-worth.

The Pizz-A-Thon has been tested for all learning styles (includingthose with special needs or talented & gifted) through cooperative independent student learning, the program is ready for in school and after school activities. Critical thinking skills of exploring and discovering are at the center of cooperative learning. Team teaching or single discipline....use Pizz-A-Thon to enrich core learning:



Click "Partnership Team" on the side bar to see who has helped shape the program over the last 20 years.



See the side menu for topics of interest that will help you consider the program. 

See "Teaching Keys" Teaching techniques used that make the program special, exciting and inspiring kids.!

"What's New" on the side bar to see the latest in Iowa, Arizona and Texas!

"Learning From Geese" A case study in Iowa where kids can learn from the "V" formation of geese!

"Grants Package" for funding through grants & sponsors.

"Kids Deserve Better" a program aimed at helping underprivileged children with health problems and or with no parents.

"Register For the Program" to enroll in the program, show interest and register for a online workshop.

"Workshops"  Take an active role in implementing the program in your community.

"Kids Earn & Serve" for one alternative involving kids in funding where they take ownership and become inspired! 

"Test k-12 Program  for a link between elementary/middle school with mentoring from high school and FFA.

"Order Materials"  to order lesson plans, materials and awards for implementing the program.

 e1935w@aol.com for grant opportunities and volume orders with reduced costs.



Lowdermilk's Proposed Eleventh Commandment

E. Weber

An early lesson in my 40 years with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, I learned the agency was truly linked to our survival in its mission to develop good land stewardship. As I was creating the Pizz-A-Thon in 1995, soil conservation was at the heart of the program outcome. 

W. C. Lowdermilk, former Assistant Chief of the Soil Conservation Service said, "While in Jerusalem in June 1039, I compared the biblical account of the promised land depicted by Moses (Deut. 27:3, 34:1-5) with today's visual evidence. I wondered if Moses looking at this evidence would not have proposed an eleventh commandment. So I composed it myself and reads as follows":

"Thou shall inherit the Holy Earth as a faithful steward, conserving its resources and productivity from generation to generation.

Thou shall safeguard the fields from erosion, thy living waters from drying up, thy forests from desolation and protect thy hills from overgrazing by thy herds, that thy descendants may have abundance forever. 

If any shall fail in this stewardship of the land, thy fruitful fields shall become sterile stony ground and wasting gullies, and thy descendants shall decrease and live in poverty or perish form off the face of the Earth."

His story along with others like Hugh Hammond Bennett, founder of the Soil Conservation Service and my personal experience in growing up in the Lum Hollow Watershed, in the loess hills of western Iowa and watching gully erosion eat up our farm like cancer, propelled me to develop a program for youth, aimed at agriculture and soil conservation at it's heart!

The Pizz-A-Thon is designed for "in school" and "after school' including church groups. What a great activity for youth to address world hunger, using Lowdermilk's proposed eleventh commandment!


Pizz-A-Thon was created in 1995 at Iowa State University through a Kellogg Foundation "Vison 2020" program and developed over a 20 period. The program has impacted over 6,000 kids in Iowa and Illinois. Goal: Aim at year 2020 with a "state of the art" hands-on, real world educational model. Educators are being sought to help take the program to a new level to be in place by the year 2020. 

See Judging Score Sheet.  to appreciate team skill development and the opportunity for competition. \

 HOST: Ames Breakfast Lions Club(591 C3 charitable) program. Consider a tax deductible donation. Kids are excited in learning to serve and assist in support of the "Lions Leader Dog Program" see EYES FOR THE BLIND Angel's new owner's letterKids who participate in the Pizz-A-Thon may select the charity or needy family to receive 10% of donations made to the program. Lions want to help develop kid's ethic in "learning to serve."

Sponsors and Donate. Make donor or sponsorship checks to:  Pizzathon Partnership,  4001 Fletcher Blvd.  Ames, Iowa 50010

*St. Ludimila table top display from Art/Health Teacher's class, Cedar Rapids, IA. Nancy Hughes teams have participated for 15 yrs.


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