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Read "ME" Agriculture, March 2020

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The 2020 NEW book, developed by MAITC with the Maine School Garden Collaborative, will be "Plant Something for ME". Developed as a result of the 2018-19 Specialty Crop Block Grant funding this book explores the importance of plants, careers in the field, and encourages students to PLANT SOMETHING! Planting kits for participating classrooms are being created and will be distributed on a first come basis!

Our 2020 book "Plant Something for ME" was developed through a 2018-19 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to The Maine School Garden Collaborative. The MSGC members include Maine Nursery and Landscape Association, Independent Garden Centers of Maine, Plant Something Maine, Maine School Garden Network, ReTree US and Maine Agriculture in the Classroom!

Volunteer readers will visit participating classrooms across the state. Each classroom will receive a copy of the book, links to online lessons, unit plans and materials. Planting kits for each classroom are being developed and funding is pending. Kits will be distributed on a first-come basis so register early! We are excited to continue this fantastic Agriculture Literacy program that started in Maine in 2008 and has reached up to 800 classrooms annually!

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Read "ME" Agriculture has been a very successful program since 2008, reaching over 120,000 Maine students. We are pleased to announce its return during National Ag Week in March, 2020. Volunteers will read and donate books about agriculture to Pre-Kindergarten through 4th Grade Classrooms across the state. They will tell the students about their farms, programs or connections to agriculture and leave lessons and information for the teachers to use, all coordinated by MAITC. Funding for this project is a direct result of the Maine agricultural specialty license plate and the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Volunteers will read this new book on plants and careers to classrooms across the state. If teachers request a pre-teach, or are looking for ideas for activities to use in their classroom, please visit TeachMEfoodandfarms.org and the National Ag Literacy Matrix searchable from the MAITC homepage. Both sites have free online lessons aligned to state and national standards. ***

All Maine classrooms in grades PK–4 and volunteers from agriculture are invited to participate. At this time there is no limit to the amount of presentations you schedule or materials you request. You may sign up both teachers and volunteers OR you may submit just teachers or just volunteers and MAITC will provide the missing component.

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All forms must be returned to the MAITC office by January 10, 2020 to ensure that all volunteers and classrooms receive the books and materials. If we do not have the completed forms we will not issue materials. Requests received after that will be filled as long as materials are available, with completed forms. MAITC cannot receive the funding for the program without the necessary data. If you have questions, please contact the MAITC office.

Thank you in advance for your continuing support of Ag education!