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June 12, 2002   Email to Friend 

TEACHERS WILL TAKE AGRICULTURE BACK TO THEIR CLASSROOMS
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
June 12, 2002

MONTGOMERY, Ala., -- A group of teachers from around the state will return to their classrooms this fall armed with a bounty of information about Alabama's largest industry -- agriculture.

Nearly 75 teachers participated in hands-on workshops, lectures and farm tours to learn about Alabama agriculture during the three-day program. The summer institute is sponsored by the Alabama Ag in the Classroom; a non-profit organization aimed at teaching teachers how to incorporate agriculture into their classrooms. Ashley Davis, a member of the AITC state committee, said teachers participating in the three-day course learned how a school garden can be used to teach students about science and math and how children can learn more about their environment through experiments involving soil, water and air.

"Agriculture is important to everyone, but especially to our young people who are the leaders of tomorrow," Miss Davis said. "Decades ago, most everyone lived on a farm or was only one generation from farm life. Things are different today, and students need to know where their food, clothing and shelter come from. The Ag in the Classroom program helps teachers take that message to them at a young age in a very positive way."




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