From the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom via Assemblyman Brian Dahle:
Wyatt Black, a Siskiyou County student, was recognized by California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom’s (CFAITC) Imagine this… Story Writing Contest. On Wednesday, March 20, Black and his teacher were honored at a ceremony at the California State Capitol in the Governor’s Council Room. Several legislative members and staff representing various districts throughout the state attended the ceremony to recognize the students for their academic achievements. The state-winning author received a medal, an e-reader, a book, a framed picture, and resources for his teacher from the Foundation.
From more than 8,000 essays written by third through eighth grade students throughout California, Black was selected for his creativity, writing skills, and positive interpretation of California agriculture industry. In his story, Trucking on a Tractor, a young boy explains the importance of plowing and tilling the soil and explores the mechanics and engineering involved in farm equipment. A sixth grader from Scott Valley Jr. High School, Black is glad that he had the opportunity to teach others about agriculture.
Hundreds of California teachers participate in this annual contest by assigning their students the task of researching an aspect of the agriculture industry, and challenging them to incorporate these facts into their own creative story. The success of this contest is bolstered by meeting state English-language arts teaching requirements, and by providing an opportunity for students to explore topics of which they previously had limited knowledge.
“We are excited to recognize these students for their writing achievements and their better understanding of the industry through the Imagine this… Story Writing Contest. We encourage the students to continue learning about the vital role agriculture plays in our daily lives,” said CFAITC executive director, Judy Culbertson.
The contest’s purpose is to promote reading, writing, and the arts while furthering the public’s understanding of agriculture. Stories are posted online at LearnAboutAg.org/imaginethis. For more information, contact Stephanie Etcheverria, Program Coordinator at 800-700-AITC.