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Georgia schools to teach agricultural classes to elementary students

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 18:36:42-04

WHIGHAM, Ga. — Elementary school students in 20 schools across Georgia will be getting their hands dirty in new agriculture classes.

Several schools in our area, including Whigham Elementary School, will be participating in this three-year pilot program.

Students will learn in their classrooms, participate in leadership activities, and have ample time for hands-on learning.

Although southwest Georgia is home to many farmers, there are still children who aren't fully aware of the agriculture industry, and how important it is to their daily lives.

"I really think it's going to take off and I think it's going to be really a beneficial thing for the students. It can only help them achieve greater success as far as the way we've set the standards up," said Tracy Champagne, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor at Whigham School.

There's already a successful agriculture program that's been in place for Whigham middle schoolers for about five years. Champagne knows that this is a pilot program, but she's certain that it will grow in popularity across the state, and even country.