Read ME Agriculture 2014
Sign Up Forms Due: December 1st
We are inviting classrooms and volunteers from agriculture to participate. At this time there is no limit to the amount of presentations you schedule or materials you request.
You may sign up both teachers and volunteers OR you may submit just teachers or just volunteers and MAITC will provide the missing component.
Please signup on the website.
MAITC Teacher of the Year for 2014!
Kelly Burgess from the Gray/New Gloucester School System, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, has been named the 2014 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) Teacher of the Year. The award was presented to Burgess by Maine Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, on October 23rd at the Maine State Grange in Augusta.
Burgess, a firm believer in learning through doing, received the award for her work teaching students where their food and clothing come from. Classroom field trips to orchards and farms have been an addition to her classroom since 2009 when funding from the Maine Agriculture Specialty License plate first became available in the form of Agriculture Awareness Grants. "These young learners have no idea where food grows. These are lessons they will remember all their lives!" says Kelly," The hands-on activities are really exciting for the students and sometimes the parents too. It makes their learning come alive." Kelly will be honored at the National AITC Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in June, along with award-winners from other states.
See Past winners here.
MAITCA Annual Dinner Meeting was on October 23rd at the Maine State Grange in Augusta.
It is such a joy to see the support and enthusiasm for agricultural education grow! Special thanks to all that attended and to all of you that show your support by owning an agricultural license plate!
Save The Date: Maine School Garden Day
May 9th- Intensive Sessions
May 10th- Workshops and Networking
At Medomak Valley High School
October is all about Thanksgiving!
Here are a few stories that use or teach about Thanksgiving.
- T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Book By: Tanya Stone
- My First Thanksgiving By: Tomie DePaola
- Thanksgiving By: Lynn Peppas
- An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving By: Louisa May Alcott