Franklin, KY--Agriculture literacy is growing in Simpson County thanks to a partnership between the Simpson County Ag Awareness Committee, Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, and Simpson County Schools. Twenty classrooms are receiving a kit of educational resources that focus on Kentucky agriculture through science, social studies, math, and language arts.
"I attended the Annual Ag Literacy Network Workshop in Lexington to find a way for Ag Awareness Committee to get into our classrooms for Conservation and Agriculture education," said Estes, "and I came away from the workshop talking nonstop about the endless opportunities for us to use this material in the classroom and at events. With the Sponsor A Classroom program, we felt that getting this in the teachers hands was a Win-Win-Win situation. The activities and virtual field trips are so interactive, it makes learning about our community and food sources fun!."
Michelle worked with members of the Ag Awareness Committee, comprised of the Simpson County Conservation District, Simpson County Farm Bureau Federation, Franklin Simpson Chamber of Commerce, and Simpson County Cooperative Extension Service, to raise funds for ten classroom sponsorships. With that level of commitment, the KyAEC was happy to provide a dedicated professional development workshop for the teachers involved. It was held at the Simpson County Schools District Office on May 26.
Participating teacher Diane Cary had this to say about the workshop and resources:
"The training was amazing. It was hands on and very practical for any classroom level. Every teacher can benefit from this training because EVERY child needs to know the basics about agriculture and where their food comes from. It is important for all children to understand the importance of our farmers and the hard work they do to provide food. I am excited to use the materials provided in my classroom this coming year. The resources are applicable and can be adapted to my classroom easily. The materials were developed by [educators] so they are actually useful. I am excited about the virtual farm field trips. [KyAEC] also has a Pinterest page they continually add resources to including books that are appropriate to use in the classroom that are accurate! Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource and training for the teachers of Simpson County. I hope many more teachers take advantage of this resource in the future."
The Simpson Co. Ag Awareness Committee and KyAEC would like to thank the program sponsors: Simpson County Board of Education, Simpson County Farm Bureau Federation, Paradise Farms, Ohio Valley Insurance, and Tractor Supply Company.
KyAEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized in 1992 to grow agricultural and environmental literacy across the Bluegrass. Efforts are supported by Kentucky’s agricultural organizations, businesses, and individuals. Half of KyAEC’s financial support has been provided by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund over the past two years.
For more information on Sponsor a Classroom and KyAEC’s other programs, visit www.teachkyag.org.