Classroom Agriculture Program needs volunteers

The Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP) is looking for volunteers from April to June to deliver in-class presentations to Calgary and area Grade 4 students.

“This year in Calgary we had a record number of schools register for the CAP program,” says Karen Spelay, the program’s general manager. “Over 260 classes are registered to receive the program in Calgary alone. Without volunteers we cannot deliver the program to students. If you are employed in the agriculture industry in any way please get involved, your help is necessary.”

CAP is one of the only in-school programs that help children learn about the food they eat, where it comes from, and the importance of agriculture in this province.

Volunteers — farmers, ranchers, industry officials, and individuals who have a passion for agriculture — deliver hour-long classroom presentations to more than 20,000 Alberta students annually. Presentations include storytelling, hands-on props, and fun activities. CAP provides training, ideas, resources, and guidance to all volunteers.

“The prep work was not excessive and lots of latitude in content is encouraged,” says Darold Niwa, a UFA manager and CAP volunteer. “The presentations went terrific and we both (the students and myself) got a lot out of the sessions.”

For more information or to register as a volunteer, go to www.classroomagriculture.com.

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