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Students in Halton Region will now have an opportunity to learn about unique agriculture and food topics thanks to AgScape’s involvement in People & Places in Halton (P2H), a new program running in the City of Burlington to support the healthy development of youth in communities.
The P2H program enables content experts from respected organizations to engage with Grade 9 Geography students about topics such as transportation, neighbourhood, natural environment and food systems. Based on the educational information provided by the content experts, teachers will be able to connect the topic areas to classroom discussions and ongoing curriculum work to enhance the students’ skills and knowledge with the newly acquired concepts.
“The P2H initiative was an ideal fit for AgScape. For more than 25 years, we’ve been dedicated to providing agri-food education to classrooms in Ontario and we’re thrilled to partner with the City of Burlington to continue to do what we do best,” said Peter Hohenadel, Interim Executive Director of AgScape.
“This is a splendid opportunity for our organization to extend agri-food education to more schools in Ontario and to be recognized by more teachers as a trusted and reliable source for agri-food educational resources,” said Hohenadel.
As part of the P2H program, AgScape will provide its Teacher Ambassador Program to bring trained Ontario certified teachers into Halton Region classrooms to deliver FREE agri-food lessons spanning various topics related to food systems.
The P2H initiative was developed by the Halton Region Health Department in early 2018 and was first launched in Burlington. It has since grown to Oakville and is slated to start in Milton in 2019.
“The idea behind the P2H program is to offer a new wave of thinking for students and to encourage them to share their opinions and perspectives on topics that impact their community,” said Lisa Crapsi, Recreation Coordinator-Outreach with the City of Burlington.
In addition to providing impactful learning and engagement opportunities for students, the P2H program also serves as a resource for teachers.
“The city is creating a network of local community partners such as AgScape who can offer insights on various concepts and can serve as a great resource for teachers. Our goal is that teachers will take the lead in their community and will reach out to local organizations to help them inspire change in their classrooms,” said Crapsi.
Teachers in the Halton Region who are interested in having P2H in their classroom can complete the request form at http://burlington.ca/p2hform