State Summary 2015 — Washington
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 will 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.
The second Annual Ag Literacy project reached out to almost 50 classrooms with the book: Who Grew My Soup. Trained volunteers read the book and provided teachers with lesson plans to preselected local elementary classrooms. The Ag Literacy project continues in 2015 with training to more volunteers and those previously trained reaching out to more classrooms.
Teacher/Classroom Grants in the amount of $500 each are being offered to groups or individuals sponsoring programs or projects that promote agricultural literacy to young people aged 5-18 years. Scholarship winners will be eligible for additional funding to attend the NAITC Conference.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Outreach Statistics for The Seattle Times NIE project: Specific online visits: 3,454 Absolute Unique Visitors: 1,482 Page Views: 95,866 Educators: 1,094 Locations: 608 Districts: 135 Weekly Average NIE Circulation: 36,476
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.