Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Logo

Literacy Project

2019 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.

About the Literacy Project

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.

How it Works

The project runs 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.

Requested Schools

Below are schools that have already requested a volunteer. The schools are broken up into one of five areas: Western Oregon, Portland-Area, Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, and Eastern Oregon. If you are interested in working with one of these schools, please contact Danielle Meyersick at danielle.meyersick@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1318.