State Summary 2016 — Oregon
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Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation reached over 160,000 students during the last school year. We have just over 2,000 teachers on our mailing list and are working with educators in all 36 Oregon counties. We have one full time and two part-time staff with two college student interns.
We continue to distribute Get Oregonized textbooks. Get Oregonized is a history book written for students in grades three, four and five studying Oregon's history and regions. The text is designed to help students understand and appreciate the rich history, people and natural resources that shaped the state of Oregon. Maps, illustrations and photographs complement the easy to read text. This was updated in 2013, we distributed a record number of copies in 2016.
21,354 students were reached through our ninth annual literacy project featuring Before We Eat: From Farm to Table. Over 757 trained volunteers read to K-5 students in 902 classrooms. Volunteers spent about 45 minutes in each classroom and shared their personal connection to agriculture with teachers and students.
At the beginning of 2016, we began doing a monthly e-newsletter. The engagement with our resources has significantly increased with this greater connection to our educators. Featured lessons and resources always have tremendous engagement.
We partnered with the American Egg Board on a culinary grant project, providing mini-grants to middle and high school culinary programs to purchase eggs for egg related recipes.
We had record attendance and income at our Fall Harvest Dinner, our only fundraising event. We raised a record $51,000 and sold 37 cases of Get Oregonized books that will be donated to schools throughout the state.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
AITC materials and lessons were delivered to more than 160,000 students across the state.
Over 757 volunteers collaborated on the literacy project. 351 new teachers became partners with the program. 97% of teachers trained this year planned to incorporate AITC resources in their classroom.
96% of surveyed pre-service teachers plan to use AITC resources when they begin their career.
Jessica Jansen is the Executive Director for Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. A third generation Oregonian, Jessica loves to share about the tremendous agricultural diversity in Oregon. She holds a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences and Speech Communication from Oregon State University. In addition to her duties with AITC, Jessica serves on the Summer Agriculture Institute Committee, the board of directors for the Oregon Ag Fest and is active with the Oregon Dairy Women and Oregon Women for Agriculture.
This is her fourth year as Executive Director of Oregon AITC.