AG LIT WEEK

Agriculture Literacy Week

In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to elementary students, with a focus on second grade classrooms. 

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This Year's Book

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Chuck's Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother)

Written by Viola Butler  |  Art by Ward Jenkins

Ice cream is a treat we enjoy in many forms and flavors. But how often do we stop and think about how the ice cream we're eating made its way to the cone or dish we are enjoying it from? Chuck's Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) connects the delicious treat to the work farmers are doing every day to grow, raise and produce our food. This book will take students on an explorative journey learn about dairy and to trace the food on their plate back to its source- the farmer.

Chuck's Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) 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.

Would you like to fund the purchase of one or more books?

The books are $12 each and will be donated to the school library after being read. Click form to print PDF.

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In Monroe County, contact Susan Coyle, 4-H Program Director, for more details on where to send your donation. Donors will be recognized on a special bookplate. You may choose to have your donated book sent to a specific school, or to read it yourself to your local school.

Pay by check or credit card. Link to Paypal is in right sidebar.

Deadline to order is February 28, 2021. 

How Does Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW) Work?

Adults volunteer to engage students in a paired hands-on activity related to the book to extend learning. The book will be donated to the school or classroom library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and our celebration of New York Agricultural Literacy Week. In New York State, 2,300 books were donated last year while 75,000 elementary students participated in an experiential learning activity.

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Start to finish the program takes approximately 40 minutes per classroom

  1. Agricultural Literacy Week volunteers work with their county's coordinator to set up visits to local schools
  2. Volunteers read the selected book aloud to the students.
  3. Following the reading, volunteers conduct an activity with students and share their experiences in agriculture.
  4. The book is donated to the school or classroom library for students to enjoy and reference throughout the school year.

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All activity materials are prepared by NYAITC and schools get to keep a copy of the book for their school or classroom library.

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Contact

Susan Coyle
4-H Program Leader
smc226@cornell.edu
585-753-2567

Last updated February 26, 2021