UGA Tifton hosts Ag Environmental Awareness Day

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - The University of Georgia- Tifton Campus is the site of a big gathering until 1:00pm with over 600 children in attendance.

Rainwater Road is closed for the Agricultural & Environmental Awareness Day.

In 2001,  researcher Benjie Baldree recognized the need to educate students on the many aspects of food and fiber production here in Georgia, and he was concerned that children really had no idea of where their food came from.

He devised a program for students to come as 3rd graders in the spring of each year to plant the crops and then to return as 4th graders to harvest those crops in the fall of the next year. Though the program began with only sixty third grade students from Tift County's Omega Elementary School, it has grown to include six other counties and many more students.

Today the students are offered over thirty different presentations dealing with agriculture and the environment.

Presenters from many organizations volunteer their time and resources to make this event a success. Topics correspond to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).

Presentations are designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills needed for third and fourth grade proficiency . As you can tell, this is a very important outreach to the students in our community.

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