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Glenn Named Outstanding Teacher by Farm Bureau

Huntsville instructor introduces fourth graders to agricultural concepts

4/8/2010 at 12:00 a.m.


LITTLE ROCK — Sarah Glenn, a fourth-grade teacher at Huntsville Intermediate School, is Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2010 Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher.

Glenn received the award during a special ceremony with her students April 8. 

The award is presented to a teacher who integrates agricultural concepts into their regular curricula to educate students about how agriculture fits into their daily lives.

Glenn’s goal is to inform and educate her students about the importance of agriculture to the world, the nation and local community. She is also teaching them about the role Arkansas agriculture plays in a national and global economy.

“Every year we try to improve the world around us,” Glenn says. “This year we are involved in Heifer International’s Read to Feed program, which allows students to raise money for Heifer by reading as many books as they can in a certain time period.”

Glenn says the students get to choose a farm animal or animals to donate to a needy family.

She is integrating agricultural concepts into her curricula in a variety of ways. One is by developing an outdoor classroom garden where students get hands-on experience in growing a number of different Arkansas commodities. The garden is designed in the shape of the state and divided into six natural regions where crops indigenous to a particular region are grown.

Another program is to have her students plan, prepare and serve an Arkansas Thanksgiving feast for themselves and their parents using Arkansas-based food products. This allowed the students to research the products included in the meal and learn to follow recipes to prepare the meals.

“Watching Sarah’s students work on her Commodities in Arkansas project, it’s obvious their attitudes are at their peak,” says Linda MacLean, one of Glenn’s mentors and a fellow fourth-grade teacher at Huntsville Intermediate. “Their excitement is overflowing as they collaborate with each other on the agricultural subject matter at hand. Sarah has an aptitude for integrating ag concepts into non-agricultural curricula and is very deserving of this award.”

Glenn also receives an expense-paid trip to Baltimore, MD to represent Arkansas at the National Ag in the Classroom Conference, June 24-26.  

 

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Sarah  a 4th-grade teacher at Huntsville Intermediate School, is the 2010 Arkansas Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher.

Sarah Glenn (second from left), a 4th-grade teacher at Huntsville Intermediate School, is the 2010 Arkansas Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher. She received a plaque, $500 and a basket of Arkansas grown food products. With her for the presentation are: (from left) Meredith Miller, Madison County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom chairman, Andy Guffey, Arkansas Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom coordinator, and Dr. Sherry Gray, principal, Huntsville Intermediate School.

 

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
steve.eddington@arfb.com
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

or

Ken Moore
ken.moore@arfb.com
(501) 228-1512
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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