Two adults sit reading to a group of students. High Point First Graders Learn About the Garden!

It’s usually brown, way down in the soil, you scrub it to bake it, or peel it to boil. It doesn't have ears, but it does have eyes, it’s really a favorite when mashed or as “fries.” If you guessed a potato, you are correct! This vegetable grows on a vine with skin that is green, it’s sliced in a salad, it’s long and it’s lean. But sometimes it’s shorter with soft little prickles and placed in a jar for real tasty pickles. Did you guess a cucumber? The students at High Point Elementary did! Students learned that good food doesn't begin in a box on the store shelf. Good, healthy foods begin in our gardens! FFA students from John S. Battle High School and former students of High Point Elementary School, Abby J. and Grace M., spent the morning with our K-2 students exploring the story, “What’s in the Garden?” by Marianne Berkes. Rhyming riddles in this book was a perfect way to get students thinking about and discussing, just where does good food come from? Students were also asked to tell some of their favorite fruits and vegetables and they even got to ask the FFA students questions too. To conclude the discussion, students were given tomato seeds to grow in classrooms, and several copies of the book were given to the HPES school library for every student in the school to enjoy. Thank you Abby J. and Grace M. for teaching High Point students about fruits and vegetables in a very entertaining way!

A groups of boys and girls seated on the carpet in a semi-circle. Pre-K students in their "fancy" clothes awaiting the wedding.

The pre-K classes at Valley Institute have been busy little wedding planners! After working hard to learn all the letters of the alphabet, they threw a wedding for Willy and Wanda Walrus! Students brainstormed to think of all the necessities for a wedding. With the help of their teachers, they decorated their classroom with white linen tablecloths and hot pink accessories, baked a white wedding cake, used their fine motor skills to be Wilton Cake decorators, used teamwork to decide how to best use their resources to decorate and come up with a reception menu. This magical event wouldn't be complete without dressing in their “Fancy” clothes and practicing their best manners and etiquette for the wedding of the year!

Students are sitting on a rug listening to a special reader talk about apples. Students listen to guest reader talk about apples.

Meadowview Elementary School got a visit from some very special guest readers for Agriculture Literacy Week. For the fourth year in a row, farmers from across Washington County read to the students. This year they read Marianne Burkes’ book “What’s in the Garden?”. The guest readers are current board members from the Washington County Farm Bureau. This was made possible by a partnership with Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom and the Virginia Farm Bureau. The children each made a souvenir “Seed Buddy” necklace to take home. The necklaces contained a live seed and a wet cotton ball to get the seed wet and ready for planting. The students were thrilled to learn where food comes from and they look forward to starting their own gardens with their “Seed Buddies” this spring!

Four students stand in front of a brick wall. Congratulations to the Regional Science Fair Winners!

Winners from Wallace Middle School’s school-wide science fair recently competed in the Junior Division of the 2014 Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair. The 23rd annual regional fair was held on March 7 and 8 at Radford University with participants representing the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, and Norton. Students competed in a variety of categories and were judged on design, execution, creativity, and presentation of their projects. Wallace Middle School is pleased to announce that all four of the students representing our school were awarded prizes as follows: in mathematical sciences, Emma C. was awarded first place for her project entitled Are Appalachian Settlers on the Level?, and she is a finalist in the Broadcom Masters Award since she finished in the top 10% of the participants. Sean G. also received first place for his project, Should the NFL Get Rid of the Extra Point?, in the physics and astronomy category; Trey V. took second place for his project, Does Tire Pressure Effect Gas Mileage?, in energy and transportation; and Chris C. received third place for his project, Solar Oven, in the environmental management/sciences category. Congratulations to all of these students for their outstanding work!

Girl reads to students sitting in the floor. Michaela L. reads to Watauga students.

In celebration of Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week, the Abingdon High School Future Farmers of America read aloud to Watauga students on March 28th, 2014. The book they shared was entitled, What’s in the Garden? by Marianne Berkes. It was a fascinating book filled with vibrant illustrations and rhyming text. Each page contained a hint for students to guess what vegetable would be illustrated on the next page. After the story, FFA members spoke to students about the importance of agriculture. Second grader Joe M. said, "I can't wait to be in the FFA!" The students were surprised to learn that the Washington County Farm Bureau generously donated a copy of the book to each grade level. Thanks to the Abingdon Future Farmers of America and the Washington County Farm Bureau for making Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week a success at Watauga.

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