“Georgia farmers continue to make our state one of the most vital and diversified farm economies in the nation,” said Governor Perdue. “Agriculture Awareness Week gives our students the opportunity to learn the importance of this evolving industry to all Georgians.”
During National Agriculture Week of March 14-20, fifth grade classes across the state were encouraged to participate in events and activities to help students learn about agriculture, Georgia’s oldest and largest industry.
By using agriculture as a teaching tool for science, math, language arts and social studies, the students learned the origin of food and fiber, the economic and environmental contributions of agriculture and the impact of agriculture on society.
The students of East Jackson Elementary, led by teacher Dawn Brock and Charlotte Gilman, were judged as best in the state for using innovative teaching techniques.
During the week the students learned about the impact of farming on the economy, the impact of farming in their own lives, the kinds of products produced in Georgia and how Georgia ranks nationally in the production of various agricultural products.
The other finalists included Bacon County Elementary in Alma, Buchanan Elementary in Buchanan, Carrolton Middle School 5th Grade in Carrollton, Citizens Christian Academy of Douglas, Stillmore’s David Emanuel Academy, Ephesus Elementary in Roopville, Free Home Elementary in Canton, Washington-Wilkes Elementary in Washington, and Rochelle’s Wilcox County Elementary.
The Agricultural Awareness Week Observance Award was initiated by Governor Perdue’s Agriculture Advisory Committee to promote awareness of the benefits of the agriculture industry.