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.
The goal of AITC’s 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.
The book this year, John Deere, That’s Who!, tells the story of John Deere and his development of the steel plow. Beautiful illustrations accompany the fun text and bring the story of this remarkable agricultural innovator to life.
The project runs from March 5 through the end of the school year. 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.
Below are schools that have already requested a volunteer. The schools are broken up into one of six areas: Washington County, Portland-Area, Western Oregon, Southern Oregon, Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon. If you are interested in working with one of these schools, please contact Jessica Jansen at Jessica.Jansen@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8629.