Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will kick off Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Tuesday, May 1, by reading to second graders at Dunbar Elementary Magnet School in Tampa.
Commissioner Putnam is one of more than 1,000 Florida farmers, ranchers, growers, FFA students and teachers, University of Florida IFAS extension and 4-H agents and other agriculture industry volunteers around the state who will read in honor of the event. They will visit more than 2,700 elementary classrooms and reach more than 54,000 Florida students with the message of the importance of Florida agriculture and the nutritional benefits its products provide.
Details for the event are:
May 1, 2012
Dunbar Elementary Magnet School
1730 Union Street
Tampa, Florida 33607
Volunteers throughout Florida will read from a book that is a part of a series developed specifically for the annual event, which is in its ninth year this year. The new book, Healthy Florida Farms, written by Arlette Roberge and illustrated by Rick Joggerst, educates students about the nutritional value of Florida fruits, vegetables, dairy, beef, poultry and seafood products.
Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is a partnership between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, a non-profit organization charged with educating Florida students and teachers about the importance of the state’s agriculture industry.
For more information about specific counties or schools participating in Florida Agriculture Literacy Day, contact Holiday Griffin at (352) 846-1391, (386) 623-5907 or email@example.com.
Contact: Sterling Ivey