RICHMOND, Virginia (WDBJ) – For nearly 30 years, Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom has been doing exactly what its name suggests.
âOur goal and mission is to teach children and youth all about agriculture and connect them to the origin of all their food and basic needs,â said Tammy Maxey, Director of Programs by Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom.
This year, the nonprofit awarded 61 grants across the Commonwealth for a total of $ 30,000.
âThe most popular items for grants range from egg incubators to farming experiments to horticulture to hydroponic towers,â Maxey said.
Anything that gives children a hands-on learning experience in farming. Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom has recently started taking on challenges for students and teachers. Right now, they are challenging students in a Thanks to a Farmer art competition. This year’s theme is âHealthy Foods, Healthy Familiesâ.
âYou can sketch and do your basic art, plus 3D art where you use another method and another mode and finally you can use graphic art,â Maxey explained.
Students of all ages can participate.
âWe will have categories for elementary, high school and high school students, and we will also have categories relating to the type of art they submitted to our program. And we will select the winners from each category, âsaid Maxey.
The deadline to submit a work is Friday, November 19. Take a photo of the artwork and email it to [email protected] The winners will receive prizes in gift cards.
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