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Annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2019 will reach over 40,000 students!
Agriculture in the Classroom - Canada (AITC-C), representing nine provincial Agriculture in the Classroom organizations, will participate in the eighth annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in schools across Canada for the month of March.
CALM is a hands-on program that encourages children to learn about and celebrate Canada’s agriculture and food story in various ways, including reading books about farming and food, watching videos and meeting with farmers and others in the agriculture industry. Building an awareness for students about the connection they have to local farmers and the agriculture and food sector is what makes CALM so impactful.
“Our Food. Our Story” is the 2019 theme and will see AITC-C organizations deliver to over 40,000 students in more than 100 classrooms across Canada in March. An exciting component to the CALM program will involve over 700 volunteers spending time in Canadian classrooms, sharing their personal story of agriculture and food.
In Ontario, AgScape will be offering an exciting line-up of hands-on, educational initiatives during CALM:
• On March 7th, to kick-off CALM, AgScape is hosting a career competition at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School in Stratford, Ontario for 300 high school students. Students will rotate between different stations where they will participate in interactive activities to learn about agriculture and agricultural careers.
• Two additional career competitions will also be held in Mitchell, Ontario on March 28th and in Parkhill, Ontario
on April 4th, following a similar format to the event in Stratford.
• AgScape will be running an essay contest throughout March to invite Ontario students in Grades 7 – 12 to submit a written or video essay in English or French based on the topic: “What Agriculture Means to Me.” The essay contest deadline is April 5, 2019. More information is available at https://agscape.ca/event/calm-essay-contest
• Throughout March, AgScape Teacher Ambassadors will be visiting classrooms to deliver lessons on agriculture and food, which are offered free of charge to Ontario educators through the Teacher Ambassador Program.
• AgScape will also have special elementary and secondary resource packages available free of charge to assist teachers in celebrating CALM.
“AITC-C is thrilled to host and deliver Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month 2019 for the 8th consecutive year,” said Johanne Ross, AITC-Canada Executive Director. “CALM provides an inspiring opportunity to spend time celebrating and sharing the Canadian agriculture and food story with students across Canada. Impactful connections are made each year between tens of thousands of students and those of us that work in the agri-food sector, through this amazing national initiative.”
CALM provides the important setting to help young Canadians understand the importance and value of agriculture to their lives and their communities. This year, CALM will build on its past success of engaging and connecting producers and other sector members to teachers and students across the country, which is imperative for the future of Canadian agriculture and food production.
CALM would not be possible without the generous funding from Cargill.
“Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month helps raise awareness about where the food we eat comes from and how it is grown in a fun and engaging way for kids”, stated Cargill’s Connie Tamoto, Manager, Corporate Responsibility.
“Cargill is proud to support this initiative and our employees love the opportunity to engage locally with the kids to tell that farm to table story.”
Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is a charitable organization with nine provincial member AITC organizations working together to enhance the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture. AITC- Canada achieves this goal through national initiatives, sharing of information and educational resources, development of educational programs aimed at enhancing agricultural classroom literacy, and coordination of professional development opportunities.
Visit www.aitc-canada.ca or on Twitter @AITCCanada
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For more information, contact:
Agriculture in the Classroom Canada Johanne Ross - Executive Director
Ontario CALM Coordinator
AgScape Mercedes Unwin – Program & Resource Manager
Tanisha Dunkley - Marketing & Communications Manager