The Sumner County Farm Bureau returned to the classroom this year with their Agriculture in the Classroom program. This year’s program chairperson Dawn Groves visited two classrooms to read to the students.
Groves visited the Fountain Head Church of Christ preschool and a first-grade class at Dr. William Burrus Elementary at Drakes Creek.
She read Tales of the Dairy Godmother — Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish by Viola Butler. The Fountain Head Church of Christ preschoolers had a special treat when Hannah Ladd brought a calf from her family farm for the children to enjoy.
According to the Tennessee Farm Bureau website, the classroom program was started in 1981 by U. S. Secretary of Agriculture John Block to expand agriculture literacy among students.
The program has expanded to include online resources, county farm days, school garden grants, teacher recognition, professional development, and other projects to promote agricultural literacy.
The Sumner County Farm Bureau’s goal is to share information with students about how farmers grow and harvest the products that provide food, fiber, and fuel for our country.
Groves said, "As a former teacher, it is always a pleasure to be able to interact with students again. I was so glad to be able to read in person this year to the classes. I enjoy being able to share information about farming, since it is and has been an important part of our community."