Agricultural Literacy Week is March 15-19, and BKW students and staff will be working together to grow understanding and appreciation of the agricultural world, especially among younger learners.
“This year, Ag Literacy Week will look a bit different since we are keeping contact to a minimum,” said BKW teachers and FFA advisors Michaela Kehrer and Sarah McArdle. “FFA member students will be recording their reading of the book ‘Tales of the Dairy Godmother,’ and Elementary teachers will be sharing a lesson plan with their students.”
The lessons will be prerecorded and/or presented live depending on classroom schedules. But a colorful book and lessons are not all that students will enjoy during Ag Literacy Week.
“The fun activity to go along with the book and lesson is to make ice cream!” said Kehrer and McArdle. “The Ag in the Classroom program has provided individual ice cream making kits for our Elementary students. And FFA members will provide instructions either live or on video.”
At BKW, AgriSTEAM – Agriculture, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – is part of education for students in all grades. The BKW community has a long, strong and proud agricultural history. An agriculture and farming awareness and education grant has expanded learning opportunities and activities for students.
“This school year, BKW Elementary students also have been enjoying new books about John Deere, flower farming, horse keeping, cacao and more, thanks to the grant,” noted Library Media Specialist Katy Keyser.
FFA membership at BKW is open to students in grades 9-12, who may become Sr. FFA chapter members, and students in grades 6-8, who may become Jr. FFA chapter members. FFA members focus on learning, leading, serving and personal development through hands-on activities and chapter events at school, in the community and with fellow FFA members from near and far.
“Tales of the Dairy Godmother – Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish” highlights the dairy industry with vivid illustrations and a humorous storyline. Students will understand the importance of agriculture as an economic driver in communities across New York and develop an awareness for where their food comes from and its journey.