PIERRE, S.D.(KELO-AM) - South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAC) and South Dakota Farm Families (SDFF) are partnering together to host an essay contest for third- and fourth-grade students across South Dakota.
The topic for this year’s essay contest is “The Surprising Places I Found Agriculture.” The winning student will receive a classroom pizza party hosted by SDFF, a visit from a local ag producer and a certificate. The winning essay will be published on SDAC and SDFF websites and Facebook pages.
“By having to do some research before writing, youth are enlightened as to just how many times each day they experience some aspect of agriculture, even if they don’t live on a farm,” states Ann Price, executive director for SDAC.
“South Dakota dairy and hog farmers have been visiting classrooms as a part of SDFF’s ’National Ag Week’ activities for seven years now. The essay contest gives each school the opportunity to take part in the National Ag Week activities,” adds Rebecca Christman, outreach director for SDFF.
Any third- or fourth-grade student in South Dakota can enter.
“Entire classrooms can submit essays. The more students from a single classroom who enter, the greater the chances that room will be having pizza for lunch one day,” states Christman.
Price adds, “This contest was designed to meet the Common Core standards for writing, so teachers can use this as a practice activity before the DSTEP tests. Teachers can refer to the entry blank on the website to see what standards are being met.”
Entries are due March 28, with the winner announced on the SDAC and SDFF Facebook pages April 15.
Entry forms can be found on the SDFF (www.agunited.org) and SDAC (www.agclassroom.org/sd) websites. Students should submit their 100-250 word essays by March 28 to Ag Week Essay Contest, c/o South Dakota Ag in the Classroom, PO Box 402, Miller, SD, 57362 or e-mail to email@example.com with the subject line “Ag Week Essay Contest.” Contact Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605.853.6040 with questions.
Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating more than $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.