By California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
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SACRAMENTO — Twenty- five educators have been awarded a $500 grant to help their students learn and understand how agriculture affects their daily lives. California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) is presenting the 2012 Literacy for Life Grant Awards, sponsored by the Oreggia Family Foundation. CFAITC awarded an educator in El Dorado County with a Literacy for Life Grant.
Matt Taylor, a teacher at Cedar Springs Waldorf School has received a grant to fund his project, Nutrition Studies and Feed the Hungry Project.
Seventh grade students will participate in a three-week unit studying nutrition and human physiology, and a six-month project in gardening. Students will study the important role that food and nutrients play in the healthy growth and maintenance of their bodies. Students will also trace the journey of oxygen in the body, explore the amazing workings of the human heart, follow the path of food from one point to the other, and introduce the human reproductive system and the role of genetics. The students will donate fresh produce from their garden to the local homeless shelter and analyze the menu for nutritional sufficiency.
“Students are now more than ever interested in where their food and fiber comes from and how it is produced. Literacy for Life Grants give teachers the opportunity to teach about agriculture in their classrooms, said Judy Culbertson, CFAITC executive director. “We congratulate Taylor for his hard work in making agricultural literacy a priority in his classroom.”