Students get hands-on learning in agriculture

May 5, 2008 1:02:10 PM PDT
Some Fort Bend County students will get the chance to take a hands-on look at the importance of agriculture and the role it plays in their lives.The 2008 AgriLife Expo is an agricultural experience designed for 2nd through 5th grade students in Fort Bend County. Students will explore agricultural production processes surrounding four agricultural areas: beef, field crops, horticulture and poultry. They will participate in interactive exhibits and activities highlighting the journey of agricultural commodities from the field to their neighborhood grocery. HEB is the sponsor for the neighborhood grocery display.

Students will be presented with a detailed look into each area, including an overview of the processes involved in production and the people responsible for bringing the products to market. The aim is that students will be able to directly link agriculture to their Fort Bend County community.

Over 50 elementary schools representing five Independent School Districts and one Municipal School District in Fort Bend County were invited to participate. Each student will receive a goody bag provided by HEB, and each teacher will receive a complimentary curriculum, aligned to Texas Education standards and TEKS.

Expected attendance for the 3-day Expo is 1,500 students. The AgriLife Expo will be held Tuesday - Thursday, May 6-8, 2008, from 9am to 2pm. The event will take place at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. About 1,500 students are expected to attend the three-day expo. For more information call 281-342-3034.

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