5 Wonderful Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everything is slowing down and the joys of gift giving are abundant! Are you still looking for a gift for a special little tyke in your life? We suggest giving the gift of literacy!

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Bringing the Outside In: Winter Activities that Connect with the Outdoors

Winter is beginning, which makes us think of staying indoors and keeping out of the wind and weather. Many children and even adults begin to miss being outside in nature during these short days. Regardless of religion or background, everyone can appreciate the ancient practice of bringing a tree or bough inside the house this time of year to remind us of the springtime to come.

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Melissa Doherty of Hermiston Named Teacher of the Year

Our staff is very happy to present Melissa Doherty of Rocky Heights Elementary school in Hermiston with the 2016 Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Teacher of the Year award! She was celebrated during AITC's Fall Harvest Dinner and Auction on Saturday, October 22, at OSU's CH2M Hill Alumni Center, with a slideshow of her student activities, honorarium and plaque.

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Path in Life

Coming from an agricultural background and 9 years in the 4-H program, my original plan when I graduated from college was to teach agriculture to high school students. In the early 1980’s that wasn’t so easy… being a female in a mostly male dominated area of education, and being in a state where there weren’t many ag programs to begin with, 18 at the time, I looked outside the state for a job. No luck, so I started substitute teaching and ended up mostly in elementary schools.

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A Chance to Shine

Thirteen students had a chance to shine as young artists for their agricultural-themed artwork at an Oregon State Fair reception Sunday, August 28, 2016. Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom’s annual Calendar Art Contest wrapped up another year with a formal reception where the students were introduced and asked to say a few words about their artwork. The well-attended reception took place at the Creative Living Stage in the Columbia Hall.

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School Garden Teacher Survey

If your school has one, we bet you love your school garden! You love eating its fresh tomatoes, perfectly ripe strawberries, and crunchy lettuce; you love showing it off to friends, and you love that it’s there for education. But school gardens are as different as the schools themselves...

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