Congratulations to MGES Eco Club for winning the National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award!
The Eco Club teachers at Millennia Gardens Elementary; Dawn Chehab, Joshua Garrett, Erica Roberts, John Martinez and Nicholas Zebroski, were chosen as the overall Florida winner and went on to compete for the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. The team of five were named as one of the six elementary winning schools. The Eco Club competed against schools from across the U.S. and their hard work and dedication to their students paid off. The Eco Club team will join FAITC at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference where they will be recognized on stage for their achievements. The 2019 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference ‘Agventure in the Natural State’ is June 18-21, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Eco Club at Millennia Gardens Elementary is an environmentally dedicated group of students and educators in Orlando, who seek to educate the community, empower students and staff and make stewardship of our Earth a priority through intensive hands-on projects and outreach activities. In the two years of the club’s existence they have established programs such as; a 50-tower hydroponic garden that supplies SeaWorld’s Manatee Rescue Center with romaine lettuce, a five bike Pedal-A-Watt System that powers the garden’s irrigation system and a food recycling program that has diverted 8,000 tons of solid food waste to date, just to name a few. Congratulations on being a National Winner!!
FAITC funds programs like the Florida Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Awards with the proceeds it receives from the sales of the agriculture specialty license plate known as the Ag Tag. Its mission is to increase agricultural literacy through PreK-12 education and does so by providing curriculum, workshops, farm tours, award programs, grants and the elementary reading program, Florida Agriculture Literacy Day.
2020 Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award applications will be available the end of September 2019 and due November 15th.