By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – State Sen. James Seward, R – Milford, rounded out Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW), which began March 19, with a classroom visit to Sidney Elementary School last Friday.
Though administrators led Seward on a tour of the just-renovated kindergarten wing and other parts of the elementary building, the highlight of his visit was reading a book to second-graders in Laura Slesinsky’s class.
Sen. Seward said the selection, “Before We Eat: From Farm to Table” by Pat Brisson was recommended by Cornell Cooperative Extension and underscores the mission of ALW.
“Agriculture remains our state’s No. 1 industry and is especially important to our upstate way of life,” he said in a press statement. “Educating young people on this topic is vital to our future sustainability.”
According to New York Agriculture in the Classroom, throughout the week, “volunteers (across) the state read a book with an agricultural theme to second-graders … in celebration of New York agriculture.”
The books are then donated to school libraries and classrooms and teachers encouraged to incorporate farm-focused follow-up activities. Last year, 2,000 books were ALW books were donated. This marked the 13th ALW.