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June 04, 2003   Email to Friend 

TEACHERS LEARN HOW TO TAKE AG TO THEIR CLASSROOMS
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
June 04, 2003

From right, Ruby Marks, Angie Barrett and Cindy Miller, teachers from Daniel Pratt Elementary School, learn how to make "dirt babies" from Sharon Turner chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation State Women's Committee during the Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute earlier this week.
PRATTVILLE, Ala., -- Elementary school teachers are learning about the state's largest industry and getting continuing education credit by attending the Alabama Agriculture in the Classroom summer institute.

Alabama Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is an interdisciplinary educational program that promotes ag literacy for students in all grade levels K-12. Two summer workshops, one held Wednesday through Friday this week in Prattville and the other set for June 11-13 in Decatur, will target elementary teachers in grades 1-4.

"During the Ag in the Classroom workshops, teachers tour actual farms, research facilities and allied industries," said Ashley Davis, spokesperson for AITC. "They also receive curriculum packets and project ideas designed to help them incorporate agriculture into daily lessons."

Cindy Miller, a fourth-grade teacher from Daniel Pratt Elementary School in Prattville, attended this week's workshop. She said crafts are a fun way to make things important to students. "You have to find a fun way to present things for children to get excited. These workshops definitely have shown us that," she said.

"Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world because they shape the minds of young people," said Jerry Newby, president of the Alabama Farmers Federation, one of the largest supporters of the program. "Because so few people work on the farm, it is becoming more important that we share the story of agriculture and farming. These workshops allow teachers to return to the classroom with that story and share it with their students."


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