Agriculture in the Classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba Awards Inaugural Agriculture Literacy Leader Star Award

Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba is proud to announce that the inaugural winner of their Agriculture Literacy Leader Star (ALLSTAR) Award is Derek Baschuk from Garden Valley Collegiate Technical Education Campus.

This years ALLSTAR Award received 7 nominations for teachers who all show leadership in agriculture education by initiating a unique agriculture literacy project in their classroom. Out of those nominations a panel of judges chose Derek Baschuk as this years winner.

“Derek Baschuk is an innovative high school teacher who developed a technical agriculture certificate program for Grade 11 and 12 students. The Agriculture Technology Program at Garden Valley Collegiate in Winkler was the brainchild of Derek's.” stated Sue Clayton, Community Liaison Coordinator for the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, U of M, in her nomination form. “He was the main curriculum writer for 12 of the 15 credit courses. Once he wrote them, he submitted them for approval to Manitoba Education Citizenship and Youth and they are now official courses that can be taught anywhere in Manitoba. Once a student achieves 8 courses, they can get a Technical Vocational Certificate to go along with their high school diploma. Derek is passionate about agriculture and wants young people to see the tremendous future afforded them if they pursue their education. He does an excellent job of engaging high school students in agriculture and promoting all the dynamic and exciting career options that the industry has to offer.”

As the winner of the ALLSTAR Award Derek won a trip to the 2010 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Baltimore, Maryland that runs June 24-26, 2010. He also gets to proudly showcase the ALLSTAR “Driver” Trophy until the next winner is announced at which time he will pass the award on.

Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba is a non-profit organization supported by individuals and the agriculture industry. Its mandate is to heighten the awareness and importance of agriculture in Manitoba schools. The organization runs several programs throughout the year including the Amazing Agriculture Adventure, the Made in MB Breakfast program, farm tours and other educational events. AITC-M also develops and distributes teacher resources to help deliver agriculture information for use within the school curriculum.

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For more information, please contact:

Johanne Ross - Executive Director
Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc.
(866) 487-4029
(204) 867-0437 (cell)
johanne@aitc.mb.ca