NORWICH, N.Y. — Agricultural Literacy Week has been celebrated by New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) for the past 17 years as a way to promote agricultural literacy and learning to students across New York State. Thousands of volunteers visit schools to read an agriculture-themed book to elementary students and then engage the youth with an agriculture-based hands-on activity. This year’s tasty program exceeded all of our expectations.
Through collaborative efforts, the Chenango County 4-H Youth Development Program was able to provide 1,147 youth with the materials and support required to participate in this year’s NYS Agricultural Literacy Week Program! Programs were completed in-person and virtually with kits provided to each participating youth. We are proud to announce that 1 in 4 eligible county youth, grades K-5, was reached in this single agricultural program. Over 1,100 youth made ice cream, learned the hard work of an American dairy farmer, and got to reflect on how taking out the trash maybe isn’t that big of a task.
Participating school districts this year included Perry Browne Intermediate, Oxford Elementary, Greene Central Primary, Sherburne-Earlville Elementary, Unadilla Valley Elementary, Bainbridge-Guilford Elementary, and Otselic Valley Central Schools. Also supporting this year’s program reach was The Place at Norwich, The Mid-York Library System, our local FFA Chapters, and our amazing community volunteer readers. A special thank you to NYS Dairy Princess Shelby Benjamin for her recording of the book, which has already reached 2,600 community members virtually.
We look forward to continuing to share the incredible benefits our local agricultural systems provide the community. More information about Agricultural Literacy Week can be found by visiting the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website at www.agclassroom.org/ny. Any questions about the program may also be directed to the Chenango County Agriculture Literacy Week Coordinator Craig Brown by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-607-334-5841 ext.1112. To see even more exciting programs and opportunities be sure to like and follow Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County and Chenango County 4-H on Facebook!
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Chenango County
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