State Reports

State Summary 2016 — Washington

State Contact

Ms. Kristen VanValkenburg
Washington Agriculture In the Classroom
975 Carpenter Road NE
Lacey, WA 98516
P: 360.770.3383

Classroom Resources

Teacher Resources


WAIC publishes a student activity magazine targeted at fourth grade students. Three issues are produced each school year and class sets are mailed to subscribing classrooms in late September, early January, and mid March. The magazines are free to requesting Washington teachers. Ag@School is designed to help teachers develop agricultural literacy without adding to an already heavy teaching load. All lessons and activities are geared to Washington's Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs)and Core Curriculum Requirements. Class sets come with a Teacher Guide that includes background, discussion starters, vocabulary definitions, answers, and post-test activities.

The previous 5 year's magazines and Teacher Guides are available for viewing and/or download from the WAIC website.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

Ag@School, a full-color 8-page student magazine aimed at 4th grade, is currently our main outreach. Each of the three annual issues of Ag@School has a central theme- general Washington agriculture, agriculture technology and stewardship. Articles and activities, all featuring agriculture, meet core curriculum requirements and are easily incorporated into the existing school curriculum. The included teacher guide provides discussion starters and complementary activities.

In conjunction with The Seattle Times, WAIC produced a Newspapers In Education, 8 page color supplement focusing on Stewardship in Agriculture. The supplement reached 1000 teachers and over 40,000 students in Washington State, in addition to the 800,000 print & online Seattle Times subscribers. The project was rated as the 7th most used NIE classroom project by teachers.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Outreach Statistics for The Seattle Times NIE project:
Specific online visits: 4,330
Absolute Unique Visitors: 1,799
Page Views: 155,051
Educators: 1,029
Students: 47,000
Locations: 592
Districts: 139
Weekly Average NIE Circulation: 34,002


Washington Ag In the Classroom Office Manager Involvement with Washington Ag in the Classroom has combined two of Lisa's passions: children and agriculture. Originally selected to serve on the WAIC State Board of Directors as a representative of the Washington wine grape industry, Lisa was elected and served as Board Chairman for two years, and as Board Treasurer, before becoming the Office Manager. Lisa has also been involved with Washington Farm Bureau for several years, serving as a County Board Member, County President and member of the WFB Labor Advisory Committee. Other commitments include Board Member of the Franklin County Farm Fair and FFA volunteer.