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Ag in the Classroom Summer Tour Getting Its Kicks on Route 66

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:55:11 CDT

Ag in the Classroom Summer Tour Getting Its Kicks on Route 66 The 2018 Summer Tour of the OKlahoma Ag in the Classroom Program is underway this week in northeastern Oklahoma- State Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Audrey Harmon offers this play by play of Day One:


56 Oklahoma educators, who havenít traveled with Ag in the Classroom before, are traveling Rt 66 and experiencing agriculture up close and personal. The purpose of this trip is to allow teachers to ask questions and interact with agricultural producers in the state in the hope that their Ag Literacy will be increased and they will educate students about agriculture. This trip is sponsored by the Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, and Southwest Dairy, so the cost to the educators is minimal.†


To start the day, Shirley Lettkeman, education director for Southwest Dairy, served the teachers fresh cinnamon rolls and milk, which they sponsored. They also gave the teachers bags, calendars, and exercise videos. Farm Bureau Women donated fans for the teachers to use to battle against the heat.†


Tom and Phyllis Holcomb greeted teachers at their ranch, sharing their lifestyle with the teachers while encouraging them to ask questions about agriculture and raising beef. They also served the teachers beef sticks, water, and juice.†


While touring the Port of Catoosa, education director, Sheila Shook shared the history of the Port and the river navigation system. Ginger Reimer, OK Soybean Board Education Director, and Owasso teacher, Zena Lewis, greeted the teachers and distributed soybean facts and a snack. The educators were able to see barges being loaded with soybeans and dry fertilizer. Some of them were interviewed by News 8 in Tulsa and made the evening news!†


At Shepherd's Cross, in Claremore, they learned about sheep and the teachers participated in dry and wet felting, as well as spinning wool. They will be able to use these activities in their classroom with their students.†


At Swan's Dairy, educators were able to see the cows being milked for the first time in the new milking parlor. They were treated to cheese samples and found out that Swan Dairy now sells raw and pasteurized milk and cheese.†


The day concluded with Mike and Martha Armitage becoming the tour guides. Mike joined the teachers on the bus to explain their beef and quarter horse operation. Martha prepared a delicious feast for supper, including Rib Eye Sandwiches and homemade cobbler. †Their sons entertained with live music as the teachers ate. Cale Jahn, past State FFA President, is interning at A- Ranch and thanked the teachers for investing in students lives. What a great first day, and there's two more ahead!†



   

 

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