The Ohio Livestock Coalition announced the winners of its annual student essay contest, which asked Ohio third-grade students to answer the question, “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?”
Students from throughout Ohio submitted essays, in hopes of winning a class field trip to an Ohio livestock farm.
Lillian Worline, a third-grade student from Defiance Elementary School, was selected as the grand-prize winner, awarding her entire class an expenses-paid field trip to the Vennecotter family’s hog farm in Defiance. In her essay, Worline explained how farmers provide excellent care for their animals, which ensures safe, healthy food for consumers.
“Many students in Ohio are removed from farming and may not understand where their food comes from,” says Jenny Hubble, OLC representative and senior vice president of communications at the American Dairy Association Mideast. “It’s important now more than ever to educate young people about the role agriculture plays in our state’s economy and teach them about the origins of the food they eat. Agriculture is the No. 1 economic contributor in Ohio, so educating our youth about the farmers who produce their food is imperative.”
The essay contest judges also selected eight essays to be awarded honorable mentions. These students were awarded a certificate in recognition of their essays. Recipients of the honorable mention include:
• Maklayah Glazer, Dover Avenue Elementary, Dover
• Kenadie Andrasic, Tussing Elementary, Reynoldsburg
• Breanna Houlett, Ontario Elementary, Sandusky
• Eli Lombardo, Gables Elementary, Columbus
• Zimri Mahanes, New Vienna Elementary, New Vienna
• Ella Graves, Licking Valley Intermediate, Newark
• Sadie Lamerson, Unioto Elementary, Chillicothe
• Bryce Derringer, Unioto Elementary, Chillicothe
Before writing essays, students participated in OLC’s For Your InFARMation program. Now in its eighth year, the For Your InFARMation program is designed to teach Ohio third-graders about agriculture in the state. A free, three-day lesson plan is provided to Ohio third-grade teachers to educate students about farmers and the Ohio economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, energy and renewable resources, and careers in agriculture.
The For Your InFARMation materials were developed by OLC with an education consultant and a practicing third-grade teacher. These materials support Ohio State Standards for reading, writing and math. The curriculum also includes a variety of nonfiction reading passages to support teachers with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Along with the lesson plan materials, smart board lessons are available to be used in the classroom.
For more information on the curriculum or to download the materials for free, visit ForYourInFARMation.com.
Source: Ohio Livestock Coalition.