LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County (CCE)’s “Ag in the Classroom” program celebrated Ag Literacy week from March 14 to 18 with a reading of this year’s featured book, The Apple Orchard Riddle.
According to a May 6 press release from CCE, Ag in the Classroom Educator Bernadette Hardwood and 18 other volunteers read to first and second grade students at 16 schools in Livingston and Monroe counties. Over 1,770 students participated in this year’s program.
“We had an amazing year for agriculture literacy… reaching so many students in Livingston and Monroe counties,”said Harwood. “Our volunteers were instrumental in reaching our school youth and we thank them for their time.”
The Apple Orchard Riddle is a children’s book written by Margaret McNamara. The book covers a school field trip to an apple orchard, where students learn how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are. It also celebrates how some children learn differently than others.
After reading the book, students were given a hands-on lesson and follow-up activities.
The Ag in the Classroom program also offers lessons to area teachers about soil, corn, evergreens, pumpkins, and more. These lessons can be tailored to specific grade levels or time frames.
Find out more about the Ag in the Classroom program here. The program receives partial funding from Senator Patrick Gallivan.