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State Programs

State Summary 2012 — Washington

State Contact

Ms. Lisa Avery
Washington Agriculture In the Classroom
P.O. Box 3638
Lacey, WA 98509-3638
P: 360.528.2904
E: info@waic.net
Website

Classroom Resources

Teacher Resources

Ag@School

WAIC publishes a student activity magazine targeted at fourth grade students. Three issues are produced each school year and class sets are mailed to subscribing classrooms in late September, early January, and mid March. The magazines are free to requesting Washington teachers. Ag@School is designed to help teachers develop agricultural literacy without adding to an already heavy teaching load. All lessons and activities are geared to Washington"e;"e;s Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs). Class sets come with a teacher guide that includes background, discussion starters, vocabulary definitions, answers, and post-test activities.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

Ag@School, a full-color 8-page student magazine aimed at 4th grade, is currently our sole project. Each of the three annual issues of Ag@School has a central theme- general Washington agriculture, agriculture technology and stewardship. Articles and activities, all featuring agriculture, are easily incorporated into the existing school curriculum. Many classrooms from K-12 are using our materials in 2011, with newer contact methods.

The included teacher guide provides discussion starters and complementary activities, as well as alignment to state learning requirements.

WAIC has 2 new contracted positions filled, a new website, and new office equipment.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

None reported for 2012

Biosketch

Washington Ag In the Classroom Office Manager Involvement with Washington Ag in the Classroom has combined two of Lisa"e;"e;s passions: children and agriculture. Originally selected to serve on the WAIC state board of directors as a representative of the Washington wine grape industry, Lisa was elected and served as Board Chairman for two years, and as Board Treasurer, before becoming the Office Manager. Lisa has also been involved with Washington Farm Bureau for several years, serving as a County Board Member, County President and member of the WFB Labor Advisory Committee.