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Soil & Water Student Visitors
May 9 and 15, 2014

Students from Field Elementary, Southwest Elementary and Chula Elementary were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Ag Campus on May 9 and 15, 2014. The students were learning about soil with assistance from their Partners in Education the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District. The classes involved were 1st grade at Southwest; 3rd/4th grade at Chula; and Billie McGraw's 3rd grade class at Field.

Kristen Lourenco from the SWCD visited each of the partner classes once a month during the school year and had different soil lessons with them. The overall topics for the lessons were What is Soil, Who uses Soil, What lives in Soil, and Where is our Soil Going. The students and Kristen were able to make edible soil profiles (aka dirt pudding) when talking about what soil is. They made mini-pizzas while tracing every ingredient back to the soil to show that without healthy soil we wouldn't have healthy, abundant food. They used Gobstopper candies to talk about what erosion is - the candy "washes" away just like soil washes away if we don't do something to prevent it.

The year concluded with a field trip to the Litton Ag Campus to let the students see what they had learned about all year long. The message the SWCD tries to convey to the students is the importance of soil and how it affects every aspect of their daily lives.

Ag Science Tractor Safety
May 19, 2014

The Ag Science I classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were putting their driving skills to use at the Litton Agriculture Campus last week. The students went over tractor safety in the classroom then Mr. Martin gave them instructions over the tractor. The students were then given the opportunity to drive the tractor around a driving obstacle course at the Litton Agriculture Campus. (Danielle Rapp and Mr. Lance Martin, instructor)

Dewey Kindergarten at Ag Campus
May 9, 2014

Students from all the Kindergarten classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agriculture Campus on Friday, May 9, 2014. The students learn about agriculture in the classroom through their regular curriculum and assistance from the Litton Crusaders program.

During the school year, students have learned all about animals on the farm, crops grown on the farm, and what farmers provide to the general population. As part of the Litton Crusaders program as well as the Livingston County Farm Bureau, students got the opportunity to go to the Litton Agriculture Campus for a farm experience with a little fun mixed in. High school students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center assisted in the days' activities. The elementary students got to pet and see several different farm animals, take a hay ride, see the greenhouse, and play on a farm obstacle course.

All in all the kids had a fun day and would like to thank the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program and the Livingston County Farm Bureau giving the children the opportunity to come and explore on the farm.

UMC Visitors
May 8, 2014

Pre-kindergarten students from the United Methodist Church Preschool visited the Litton Agriculture Campus on May 8, 2014. The students were learning about farms in class and came out to see the real thing.

While at the Litton Ag Campus the high school agriculture students conducted the tours as part of the Litton Crusaders program. On their tours they were able to pet a calf, lamb, goat and hog, feed the fish in the pond, play on a "farm" obstacle course and take a hay ride. All of the students had a great time. This field trip was made possible by the Litton Crusaders program made possible by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation.

Dewey Visits
May 7, 2014

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School visited the Litton Agriculture Campus on May 7, 2014. The students were learning about plants in class and came out to get their hands a little dirty. This was made possible by the Litton Crusaders program sponsored by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation.

The students got to come to the Litton Ag Campus and transplanted marigolds into pots to take home. The project actually began in March when the marigolds were seeded and then the students received weekly pictures of the seeds progress, until they got to come out and transplant them into bigger pots. The high school agriculture students assisted with the first graders in the transplanting process. When the students got finished transplanting their flowers, they took a tour of the campus. While on the tour of the campus, they got to go to the pond, see animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs, as well as enjoy being outside for the afternoon. All of the students had a great time.

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Units of Measure
April 23, 2014

Students from all the Second Grade classes at Field Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agriculture Campus on April 23, 2014. The students learn about units of measure in the classroom through their regular curriculum and with a little assistance from the Litton Crusaders program put that knowledge to real world uses.

The students rotated between seven different stations. The stations were: measuring height - people and animals, measuring weight - pigs and students; measuring water - using cups and buckets, using a tape measure - to create livestock pens, using a ruler - to measure blocks of wood, measuring feed - using pounds and quarts, and measuring an acre of land - using kids and feet.

High school students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center conducted the days' activities.

All-in-all the kids had a fun day despite the cooler temperature and rain sprinkles and would like to thank the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program.

Learning About Seeds
March 21, 2014

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School received a little assistance from the Litton Crusader's at the Litton Ag Campus on March 21, 2014. The students were learning about plants in class and were given the opportunity to get their hands a little dirty by planting marigold seeds. The project will continue for the next couple of months by receiving weekly pictures of the seeds progress, until the plants are ready to be transplanted into bigger pots.

The students will then come to the Litton Ag Campus and get to transplant the marigolds into pots and take them home. The high school agriculture students assisted with the first graders in the planting process. All of the students had a great time.

Crops in the Classroom
03/10/2014

Students from Mrs. Nowland's and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience, as well as warm sunshine, on March 10, 2014. The students were learning about "Crops in the Classroom" with assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. During the previous couple of weeks, the students were learning all about soybean, wheat, cotton, rice and corn. The students got the opportunity to walk to Hy-Vee and learn about what products are made from these crops. Students read food packages to see how many items were made from grains, as well as looking at the food label ingredients list to see what grains were used to produce those foods.

Then the students assisted the teachers with picking out products to purchase for a special activity. During the special activity, students got to make a smoothie using products that were produced by plants; they also got to try a variety of different types of crackers made from different types of grain.

Dewey - Pigs in Class!
02/21/2014

Students from Dewey Elementary kindergarten and first grade classes were having a hands-on learning experience on February 21, 2014. The students were learning about habitats and animals with assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. The students got the opportunity to handle a baby pig and learn a little about them from the high school students. During the visit, students got to learn about their pigs gender, name (ear notch), breed, what they eat, and whatever other questions they came up with.

Later on in the school year the students will take a field trip out to the Litton Agriculture Campus and get to revisit those baby pigs as market hogs.

Field Elementary & Baby Pigs
02/20/2014

Students from Field Elementary second and third grade classes were having a hands-on learning experience on February 20, 2014. The Litton Crusaders and the Livingston County Farm Bureau made this visit possible as part of the Thank A Farmer program. The elementary students got the opportunity to handle a baby pig and learn a little about them from the high school students.

During the visit students got to learn about their pigs gender, name (ear notch), breed, what they eat, and whatever other questions they came up with. Later on in the school year, the students will take a field trip out to the Litton Agriculture Campus and get to revisit those baby pigs as market hogs. The purpose of the visit was to help educate youth about agriculture.

Crops in the Classroom
October 3, 2013

Students from Mrs. Nowland's and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience on October 3, 2013. The students were learning about "Crops in the Classroom" with assistance from a Litton Crusaders program. During the previous couple of weeks the students were learning all about soybean, wheat, cotton, and corn. The students got the opportunity to handle seeds and learn about what products are made from these crops. Then on Thursday, the students got some help from the high school students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center to assist with a special activity.

During the activity, students got to remove the corn kernels from the cob and then count those kernels using a number chart. The groups were comparing ears of corn to see which one produced the most kernels. Following the activity, the high school students showed the first graders what type of equipment, using toy replicas, was needed to harvest those crops.

UMC Pre-K to Litton Ag Campus
May 16, 2013

Pre-kindergarten students from the United Methodist Church Preschool visited the Litton Agriculture Campus on May 16, 2013. The students were learning about farms in class and came out to see the real thing. While at the Litton Ag Campus, the high school agriculture students conducted the tours as part of the Litton Crusaders program. On their tours, they were able to pet a calf, lamb, goat and hog, feed the fish in the pond, and take a hay ride. All of the students had a great time.

Learning About Plants
May 9, 2013

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School visited the Litton Agriculture Campus on May 9, 2013. The students were learning about plants in class and came out to get their hands a little dirty. This was made possible by the Litton Crusaders program sponsored by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation.

The students got to come to the Litton Ag Campus and transplanted marigolds into pots to take home. The project actually began in March when the marigolds were seeded and then the students received weekly pictures of the seeds progress until they got to come out and transplant them into bigger pots.

The high school agriculture students assisted with the first graders in the transplanting process. When the students got finished transplanting their flowers, they took a tour of the campus. While on the tour of the campus, they got to go to the pond, see animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs, as well as enjoy being outside for the afternoon. All of the students had a great time.

Crops in the Classroom
March 18, 2013

Students from Mrs. Nowland's and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience on March 18, 2013. The students were learning about "Crops in the Classroom" with assistance from a Farm Bureau Mini-Grant and the Litton Crusaders program.

During the previous couple of weeks, the students were learning all about soybean, wheat, cotton, and corn. The students got the opportunity to walk to Hy-Vee and learn about what products are made from these crops. Then the students assisted the teachers with picking out products to purchase for a special activity. During the activity students got to make a smoothie using products that were produced by plants; they also got to try a variety of different types of crackers made from different types of grain.

Learning About Plants
03/19/13

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School received a little assistance from the Litton Crusader's at the Litton Ag Campus on March 19, 2013. The students were learning about plants in class and were given the opportunity to get their hands a little dirty by planting marigold seeds.

The project will continue for the next couple of months by receiving weekly pictures of the seeds progress until the plants are ready to be transplanted into bigger pots. The students will then come to the Litton Ag Campus and get to transplant the marigolds into pots and take them home. The high school agriculture students assisted with the first graders in the planting process. All of the students had a great time.

Litton Crusaders Visit Classrooms
02/14/13

Students from Dewey Elementary kindergarten and first grade classes were having a hands-on learning experience on February 14, 2013. The students were learning about habitats and animals with assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. The students got the opportunity to handle a baby pig and learn a little about them from the high school students.

During the visit students got to learn about their pigs gender, name (ear notch), breed, what they eat, and whatever other questions they came up with. Later on in the school year, the students will take a field trip out to the Litton Agriculture Campus and get to revisit those baby pigs as market hogs.

Dewey Students Visit Indian Creek
11/02/12

On November 2, 2012, first grade students from Dewey Elementary school got to go on an educational trip to Indian Creek Lake. While at Indian Creek the students got to participate in seven different learning stations which included: water invertebrates with Adam Brandsgaard, Predator/Prey book and game, Nature Scavenger Hunt on a trail, learning about leaves and the seasons with the Litton Crusaders, checking out the fishing dock, Body coverings of animals with Babe Roy, and Observing nature with magnifying glasses on a trail. Funding for this trip was provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Nature School Grant.

CROPS IN THE CLASSROOM
October 4, 2012

Students from Mrs. Nowland's and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience on October 4, 2012. The students were learning about "Crops in the Classroom" with assistance from a Farm Bureau Mini-Grant and the Litton Crusaders program. During the previous couple of weeks, the students were learning all about soybean, wheat, cotton, and corn. The students got the opportunity to handle seeds and learn what products are made from these crops.

On Thursday, the students got some help from the high school students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center to assist with a special activity. During the activity, students removed the corn kernels from the cob and then counted those kernels using a number chart. The groups were comparing ears of corn from a non-drought year to this year's drought corn. Following the activity, the high school students showed the first graders what type of equipment, using toy replicas, was needed to harvest those crops.

YOUNGSTERS VISIT THE LITTON AGRI-SCIENCE LEARNING CENTER
May, 2012

Preschool students from the Cornerstone Early Childhood Center visited the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center on May 2, 2012. The students were learning about farms in class and came out to see the real thing. While at the Litton Center the high school agriculture students conducted the tours. On their tours they were able to pet a calf, lamb, and hog, feed the fish in the pond, and take a hay ride. All of the students had a great time.

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School visited the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center on May 3, 2012. The students were learning about plants in class and came out to get their hands a little dirty. The first grade teachers applied for an LC Kids Grant provided by the Litton Family Memorial Foundation. The students got to come to the Litton Ag Campus and transplanted marigolds into pots to take home. The project actually began in March when the marigolds were seeded and then the students received weekly pictures of the seeds progress until they got to come out and transplant them into bigger pots. The high school agriculture students assisted with the first graders in the transplanting process. All of the students had a great time.

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