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2011 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award

Ms. Sarah Glenn
Huntsville Intermediate School, Huntsville, Arkansas

Sarah Glenn began incorporating agricultural literacy into her curriculum as a way to integrate concepts to meet the state frameworks for science, social studies, literacy and math. Sarah realized her students did not have a concept of their food coming from farms and ranches. Sarah's goals were to inform and educate students about the importance of agriculture to the world, the country, the community and the students, as well as Arkansas’s agricultural role in a global economy.

One of Sarah's literacy projects was the Heifer International (HI) Read to Feed Program, where students collected money from the community for reading as many books as possible. They raised more than $1,500 and were able to choose farm animals to donate to a needy family in the HI program. The class even took a field trip to the HI Ranch. Sarah utilized guest speakers and activities on timber, dairy, poultry, water quality, poultry, and gardening to teach agriculture all year.

"I hope that they will gain a better understanding of the scarcity of resources, the value of agriculture, and the challenges that others in the world face when it comes to the basics of providing food, clothing and shelter for their families."

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