Farm Bureau helps third-graders learn about agriculture
by The Press and Standard | May 10, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 9, 2019 at 8:06 am
On Monday May 6, Brantley Wiggins of Walterboro Farm Bureau delivered each elementary school in Colleton County a box containing packets for every third-grade student in Colleton County.
The boxes included an Ag in the Classroom folder, bookmark, “Make your own pizza” booklet, pencil and a “Farm City” activity booklet.
Each school will also receive a copy of this year’s agricultural book titled “John Deere, That’s Who!” by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illustrated by Tim Zeltner. They also received an educator’s guide covering the topics discussed in the book, which highlight the advancement of technology in farming.
“Last year’s book, a personal favorite of mine and my 7-year-old daughter, was ‘The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen’ by Diana Prichard, which explained where the main character’s breakfast really comes from in the most humorous way possible,” Wiggins said.
Farm Bureau Federation head secretary Janice Drawdy has been leading this program for Colleton County for 15 years. This year will mark Wiggins’ second year delivering the packets and materials to the seven local elementary schools in the community. This year, 446 third-grade students will benefit from this program.
The non-profit 501©3 educational foundation, SC Ag in the Classroom, was created to promote awareness and recognition of the importance of the sources of our food and fiber.
In addition, graduating seniors in Colleton County, whose parents are Farm Bureau members, are eligible for one of four $500 scholarships for any 2-or-4-year institution. (Online schools are not eligible.)
For information on Ag in the Classroom, visit www.scfb.org/ag-education/ag-classroom.