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Literacy Project

2020 - 2021 Agricultural Literacy Project

The Agricultural Literacy Project connects volunteers from the agricultural community with local classrooms! Trained volunteers visit classrooms, read the featured book and lead an activity with the students reinforcing the message or theme of the book.

In light of the extended school closures in Oregon due to the COVID-19 virus, we are extending our literacy project until next school year, re-starting in September 2020 and completing in June 2021!

About the Literacy Project

The goal of Oregon AITC’s Agricultural Literacy Project is to improve both the reading and agricultural literacy of Oregon students in grades K-4. Each year a new agriculturally-themed book is chosen and a lesson is developed that reinforces the message of the book. Then hundreds of enthusiastic, trained volunteers bring in-class field trips to classrooms throughout Oregon. This year’s featured book is The Girl Who Thought in Pictures, the story of Dr. Temple Grandin.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures; tells the story of renowned animal scientist, Dr. Temple Grandin and her innovative contributions to animal agriculture. This remarkable story follows Temple’s journey as she navigates through school as a child with autism overcoming adversity, to designing livestock handling systems used worldwide. This book allows us the opportunity to celebrate the diverse students within our communities empowering student’s differences and reinforcing messages of kindness to creatures of all kinds.

How it Works

In light of the extended school closures in Oregon due to the COVID-19 virus, we are extending our literacy project until next school year, re-starting in September 2020 and completing in June 2021! Volunteers schedule times to visit schools and read to students grades K-4 and do a hands-on lesson that meets Oregon standards to reinforce the book’s message. Start to finish, the reading and lesson take 45 minutes. The program is FREE and all materials are completely prepared by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom. Each participating classroom receives a copy of the book.

Lesson Plan & Training Video

Thanks for your help in increasing agricultural literacy in Oregon students. You will find a complete copy of the lesson plan and training video below to help prepare you for your classroom visit. The video highlights each part of the lesson plan and provides helpful hints to ensure a successful experience in the classroom.

View the Lesson Plan 


Watch our training video!

Available Schools

Below are schools that have requested a volunteer. If you are interested in working with one of these schools, please contact Brittany Capell at Brittany.Capell@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1318.


All Saints School (Northeast)
Creston School (Southeast)
Fairview Elementary (Fairview)
Menlo Park Elementary (Northeast)
Troutdale Elementary


Takena Elementary (Albany)
Franklin Elementary (Corvallis)
Mt. View Elementary (Corvallis)
Cummings Elementary (Keizer)
Forest Ridge Elementary (Keizer)
Lamb Elementary (Salem)
Mary Eyre Elementary (Salem)
Queen of Peace Catholic School (Salem)
Schirle Elementary (Salem)
Silvies River Charter School (Salem)
Bethany Charter School (Silverton)
Willamina Elementary School (Willamina)
Coburg Community Charter (Coburg)
Colton Elementary (Coburg)
Carus Elementary (Oregon City)
Kings Valley Charter Schools (Philomath)
Pleasant Hill Elementary (Pleasant Hill)
Brush College Elementary (Salem)
Sumpter Elementary (Salem)
Robert Frost Elementary (Silverton)


Jefferson Elementary (Medford)
Sams Valley Elementary (Central Point)
Orchard Hill Elementary (Medford)
Butte Falls Charter School


Bend International School (Bend)
Buckingham Elementary (Bend)
Rosland Elementary School (Lapine)
Silvies Charter School (Prineville)
Vern Patrick Elementary (Redmond)
Three Rivers School (Sunriver)


Mary Roberts Elementary (Ontario)

Washington County

Springville Elementary (Portland)
McKinley Elementary (Beaverton)
St. Matthew Catholic School (Hillsboro)
Orenco Elementary (Hillsboro)
Quatama Elementary (Hillsboro)
Pilgrim Lutheran (Beaverton)
Tobias Elementary (Aloha)
Groner Elementary (Hillsboro)
Ladd Acres Elementary (Hillsboro)
Forest Grove Community School (Forest Grove)
Farmington View (Hillsboro)
Ladd Acres Elementary (Hillsboro)
Banks Elementary (Banks)
Sato Elementary (Portland)
Patterson Elementary (Hillsboro)