Now is the time to prepare for a National Read a Book Day outreach event in your community, preferably with a farm-friendly angle. National Read a Book Day—Sept. 6 this year—is a great opportunity for Farm Bureau member-volunteers to engage with local young people and launch or strengthen their community-relations efforts.
Start by reaching out to your local school district’s administrative staff. Gauge their interest in welcoming a guest visitor into classrooms to read an agriculturally accurate book to students, then spending some time afterwards answering students’ questions about farming.
The Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom website has an ample supply of agriculturally accurate resources for interested volunteers, including curriculua, posters and prizes to outfit your outreach.
Members interested in helping students understand agriculture can order resources from the same site, including agriculturally accurate books and activity guides. Titles available for purchase include How Did that Get in My Lunch Box? by Chris Butterworth, PB&J Hooray by Janet Nolan, and many more.
For more resources and information, visit the American Farm Bureau Foundations for Agriculture website.