During National Agriculture Week from March 17-21, More than 700 community members around the state will be volunteering to read “Who Grew My Soup?” by Tom Darbyshire to classrooms in grades 1-3. This book is about a young boy who goes on an adventure to discover the source of the vegetables in his soup and it features characters based on real vegetable farmers. Last year, 1,700 books were read to more than 45,000 students across New York state.
Cornell Cooperative Extension hopes that many schools will participate in this opportunity for students to learn about where food comes from and the people who are involved in getting food to their tables.
This literacy activity will help teachers address learning standards in the areas of English language arts (language for literacy response and expression), science (living environment and systems thinking), career development (knowledge about different careers), and social studies (geography and economics).
The volunteers will go into classrooms to read this year’s book, lead an activity based on the book and talk to students about local agriculture.
After the volunteer reads and discusses the book, it will be donated to the classroom library, with a special bookplate recognizing the donor.
Many organizations and agencies are partnering on this statewide educational effort. Additional information is available at the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website, agclassroom.org/ny, or contact Susan M. Dollard at 292-6180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan M. Dollard is the Master Gardener program coordinator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County.
Sullivan County teachers who want to receive books for their classroom should contact Dollard before Jan. 12. Those outside Sullivan County can contact the Extension office in their counties for more information.