April 21st marked one of the biggest annual events for Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. – Agriculture Literacy Day! This annual reading event aims to educate students about some aspect of Florida’s agricultural industry by having individuals (some representing various sectors of the agriculture industry) read to students in elementary school classrooms across the state. This year’s book was Drive Through Florida: Livestock and Poultry. The book featured livestock and poultry such as sheep, horses and pigs. Students learned fun facts about all of the animals, which Florida counties each animal is prevalent in as well as the names of various types of each animal.
Two elementary schools took part in the reading event, New River Elementary School and Veterans Elementary School. Interestingly, each of these schools both host school gardens. So not only have the students at these schools learned about Florida’s agriculture, they are also taking part in it by growing their own fruits and vegetables.
To learn more about Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc and their annual reading event- Agriculture Literacy Day, visit their website.
Guest Blogger: Raneitra Grover, MPH, Team Nutrition Coordinator, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services