Share agriculture resources with your favorite teacher, school

After SchoolWhen back-to-school shopping this year, don’t forget your favorite teacher or school. Parents, grandparents and others with an interest in education have the opportunity to gift agriculture-related resources to an educator or a local school through Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Adopt-a-Teacher and Adopt-a-School programs. Donors’ contributions to AITC can ensure that an educator will receive agriculture education resources and the opportunity to attend an AITC workshop at no cost.

“We wanted to give everyone with an interest in agriculture and education the opportunity to help a teacher learn more about agriculture,” said Tammy Maxey, senior education program coordinator for Virginia AITC. “Each contribution gives us the opportunity to provide teachers with resources they can use to help children understand and appreciate agriculture.”

A $35 donation to AITC will provide a teacher, administrator or school librarian of the donor’s choosing an education kit that includes read-aloud books from AITC’s Farmer Ben series, an educational banner and other materials; access to more than 150 lesson plans; information about upcoming AITC professional development trainings and grant opportunities; the latest AITC teacher newsletter; and a copy of the program’s newest curriculum, Sprouting Success in the Classroom.

Virginia AITC has been providing resources to educators for more than 25 years and is part of a nationwide effort to help teachers and students understand and appreciate agriculture, which is Virginia’s and the nation’s largest industry. All AITC services are provided to educators at no cost.

The AITC program is funded by donations received through the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, and the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is one of its largest supporters. For more information, visit

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