State Summary 2015 — Oregon
Busy Bees, 2015 Literacy Project Lesson- Companion toThe Beeman" http://oregonaitc.org/lessonplan/busy-bees
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation reached over 120,000 students during the last school year. We have just over 3,000 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 a college student intern.
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 2015.
We reached 20,077 students through our eighth annual literacy project featuring The Beeman. Over 725 trained volunteers read to K-5 students in 889 classrooms. Volunteers spent about 45 minutes in each classroom and shared their personal connection to agriculture with teachers and students.
We overhauled our website and database management system in late 2015. Our new website features a more easy-to-use design and synchronizes with our database for ease of contact management. With this change has come greater engagement on social media and electronic newsletters!
Over 300 people attended our Fall Harvest Dinner, our only fundraising event. We raised a record $45,000 and sold 35 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 120,000 students across the state.
Over 725 volunteers collaborated on the literacy project. Over 325 new teachers became partners with the program. 97% of teachers trained this year planned to incorporate AITC resources in their classroom.
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 and the board of directors for the Oregon Ag Fest.
This is her third year as Executive Director of Oregon AITC.