Volunteers marked Agriculture Literacy Week March 23-29
Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program celebrated its fourth Agriculture Literacy Week concurrently with National Agriculture Week, March 23-29.
Robin Tudor, Debbie Dianis, Jackie Roach, Mary Ann Renner, Teresa Lindberg and Torri Wray of Greensville County Farm Bureau joined volunteers from 80 other county Farm Bureaus to read books about agriculture in their local schools. Many read AITC’s Book of the Year, What’s in the Garden? by Marianne Berkes, and donated copies to school. In addition to donating the books to the schools, we also donated copies to our local Doctor’s and Dentist’s offices as well as the local library for children to enjoy. The book is written in riddle form and introduces children to new fruits and vegetables. It features the artwork of Virginia illustrator Cris Arbo and depicts plant parts and garden creatures.
“This was a great opportunity to share agriculture with children and help them understand why agriculture is so important to Virginia and their community,” Susan Harrell said.
Volunteers read in more than 1,500 classrooms statewide and shared more than 1,625 copies of What’s in the Garden?
“Having members of the agriculture community in classrooms across Virginia is a great opportunity for teachers and students to learn about agriculture from those who know it best,” said AITC Executive Director Karen Davis.
Virginia AITC is part of a nationwide effort to help teachers and students understand and appreciate agriculture, which is Virginia’s and the nation’s largest industry. The program provides training and materials to 2,000 teachers and pre-service teachers each year, and its website at AgInTheClass.org provides teachers with Standards of Learning-aligned lessons, literacy activities and more. All AITC services are provided to schools and teachers at no cost.
The AITC program is funded by donations received through the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. For information on supporting the foundation’s educational initiatives, visit AgInTheClass.org and click on the “Donor” link.
GreensvilleCounty Farm Bureau is one of 88 county Farm Bureaus in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. With 135,000 members, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply.
YMCA Preschool: Left to right - Emerson Vaughan, Grayson Thomas, Ayden Thrower, (Robin Tudor reading), Mason Jones, Saydee Yoder, Avery Lankford
Brunswick Academy: Left to right – Kacy Lee, Zach Baird, Emma Jones, Lilly Grace Coleman, Landon Edwards and Dawson Clary with Torri Wray behind the students.
Women’s Committee members displaying the donated book: Left to Right – FRONT ROW: Jackie Roach, Stacie Bradshaw, Susan Harrell, Joyce Lynch, and JoAnn Darden. BACK ROW: Kellie Hafey, Robin Tudor, Debbie Dianis, Mary Ann Renner, and Torri Wray.