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March 11, 2011
PARTICIPANTS IN AGRICULTURE LITERACY WEEK MARCH 13 19 RANGE FROM SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO ANNIE THE READING DOG

Contact:  Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) will celebrate Virginia Agriculture Week and Agriculture Literacy Week by reading to children in pre-school through the third grade at public and private schools throughout the state. State officials, staff and Board members from VDACS, Farm Bureau members, private citizens and Annie the Reading dog will visit elementary schools to read Ready, Set, GROW!, a book on Virginia agriculture, and provide other activities on Virginia agricultural products.

VDACS readers include:

In addition to VDACS personnel, staff from Ag in the Classroom will read to the following elementary schools in the city of Richmond and Chesterfield County:
Monday, March 14 – 9 to 10:30, Francis and 1:30 to 2 p.m., George Mason
Tuesday, March 15 – 9:30 to 10:30, Bellevue and 10 to 11 a.m., Swansboro
Wednesday March 16 – 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Evergreen (Chesterfield County)
Thursday March 17 – 10 to 11 a.m., Fisher and 2 to 3 p.m., Broad Rock *

For an updated reading schedule, see www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/agweek11.shtml. For a list of participating Farm Bureau offices, see www.agintheclass.com/Volunteers/Pages/LiteracyWeekParticipants.aspx.

* Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson is scheduled to join in this event.

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