MACON, Ga. — Make supper with a food item grown in Georgia; draw your favorite farm animal; play an educational online farm game; play outside; eat or drink your favorite dairy product – these are one of 27 five-agtivity combinations Georgia families can do together as they play Georgia Agriculture Bingo. Each BINGO combo participants complete makes them eligible to enter for a chance to win an age-appropriate ag book for the participating child.
Georgia Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Program and the Georgia Public Library Service are partnering to offer the game as part of local libraries’ annual Summer Reading Program.
“I’m excited about this new partnership and I hope we have great participation,” said GFB AITC Coordinator Lauren Goble. “We might not be able to see large groups face-to-face, but we can still make an impact and increase ag knowledge virtually.”
GFB and local libraries will promote the Georgia Agriculture Bingo game on their social media platforms. Goble encourages county volunteers and staff to share the posts about the game on their personal Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest accounts to encourage families they know with children to participate.
As families complete a row of five activities – vertical, horizontal, or diagonal – they are to take a photo of the participating children doing each activity. It’s important to remember to take photos because your local librarian may ask to see your activity photos before they give participants a bookmark that provides instructions on how to enter to win a prize.
Each time a child completes a 5-agtivity combo to “BINGO,” they may re-enter the contest for another chance to win a prize. While participants don’t have to return to the library each time they “BINGO,” they are encouraged to post photos of themselves doing the agtivities on their personal social media with the hashtag #GeorgiaFarmBureau. Facebook posts should be tagged with @Friends of Georgia Farm Bureau.
The end date for Georgia Agriculture Bingo will coincide with the summer reading contest deadline for each library. Please check with your local library for the date its summer reading program ends. Visit www.gfb.ag/AITCsummer-reading for more information and to print your Georgia Agriculture Bingo card to get started. Some county Farm Bureau offices may have printed copies of the bingo sheets available.
–Jennifer Whittaker, Georgia Farm Bureau