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September 9, 2013
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The kids are back in school and this is an excellent time to support your favorite teacher or school.

Parents, grandparents and others with an interest in education will have the opportunity to bring agriculture to a nearby teacher or school through Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Adopt-a-Teacher and Adopt-a-School programs. Donors’ contributions to AITC can ensure that an educator or school will receive agriculture education resources and the opportunity to attend an AITC workshop at no cost.

“As a former Agricultural Education teacher, Ag in the Classroom is a very special program to me,” said Matthew J. Lohr, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, “and I encourage farmers, agribusiness leaders, commodity board members and other agriculture leaders to consider being part of this effort. Each contribution gives Ag in the Classroom the opportunity to provide teachers with valuable resources they can use to help children understand and appreciate agriculture.”

A $35 donation to AITC will get a teacher, administrator or school librarian of the donor’s choosing an education kit that includes a copy of a dairy DVD and other materials; access to more than 150 lesson plans; information about upcoming AITC workshops; the latest AITC teacher newsletter; and a copy of “Jump Start Your Garden,” a collection of lessons and instructions related to school gardens.

For a $100 donation, a school will receive an education kit and additional resources such as AITC’s Virginia agriculture map puzzles, “Math Ag-tivities” and the “Garden Chef” curriculums.

“We’re already in a number of elementary schools in Virginia, but we’re always looking for a way to get more agriculture lessons and resources into more schools,” said Karen Davis, Executive Director of the Virginia Foundation for AITC. “This program is a great opportunity to help teachers unaware of AITC to learn more about what we have to offer.”

Virginia AITC has been providing resources to educators for more than 25 years and is part of a nationwide effort to help teachers and students understand and appreciate agriculture, which is Virginia’s and the nation’s largest industry. All AITC services are provided to educators at no cost.

The AITC program is funded by donations received through the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. For more information, visit Contact Davis at 804.290.1142.

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