Ag in the Classroom
Students around Colorado recently took part in a series of virtual read-aloud sessions hosted by the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture as part of the Colorado Literacy Project.
Dr. Lora Bledsoe, a large animal veterinarian, and rancher from Hugo was among the guests who read the book Still Good: The Faces of Family Agriculture., followed by a question-and-answer session with the students.
Bledsoe: “ It’s often something that I get called upon to talk to kids or mentor kids or share what I do in a day. And I think at a time like right now where there seems to be a pretty big urban and rural divide, a lack of understanding of how our food is produced and what it takes to put food on the table in the United States, I think that its kinds of an important career path to make sure that I share what I’m doing. There’s a lot of urban kids who want to be veterinarians and I’m a rural veterinarian so it’s a good way to open up that dialogue and get them thinking about not every veterinarian works with dogs and cats.”
Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, and the book’s author, Rachel Gabel also read to students.
The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture offers similar sessions for students through the end of the school year. Executive Director Jennifer Sharpe tells Colorado Ag Today the read-aloud sessions will also be made available on the foundation’s YouTube page.