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2018-03-27 / Academics

Senator Seward Reads to RCS Students For Ag-Literacy Week

By Rosie Cunningham


Senator James L. Seward reads to the second grade class at Roxbury Central School Friday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Senator James L. Seward reads to the second grade class at Roxbury Central School Friday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter ROXBURY - State Senator James Seward made it his mission Friday to emphasize the importance of both literacy and agriculture.

Senator Seward took part in Cornell Cooperative Extension’s annual celebration of Agriculture Literacy Week by reading to second graders at Roxbury Central School (RCS), following a stop at Sidney Central.

Inquisitive second graders answered questions regarding agriculture, literacy and Seward’s role as senator, before reading “Before We Eat: from farm to table,” by Pat Brisson.

“Agriculture is a huge part of local economy and way of life so any time we can spread importance of ag among young people is important and positive,” Seward said. “And Ag literacy week encourages reading and agriculture among young students.”

“Before We Eat: from farm to table” outlines not only the importance of farmers, but everyone in between - the packager, transporter, grocery store owner and employees, the consumer and the cook.

According to RCS Superintendent

Tom O’Brien, the school has taken part in a reading challenge as they do each year and cumulatively, students in the district have completed 121,000 hours so far for the event, which runs for one month.

Seward praised the students and the school for their efforts and emphasized again, the importance of literacy, as well as agriculture.

“It is very important to read regularly and to appreciate the farmer,” he said as he addressed the second grade students. “I know I do.”

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