Cream of the Crop

December 2005

Imagine this... Story Writing Contest - Regional Winners!
The 2005-2006 regional winners have been selected in the Foundation's story writing contest. This year, 46 regional winners from California are now vying for top statewide honors. The list of regional winners is available at the end of this message and on the CFAITC Web site. Statewide winners will be announced after the first of the year. Congratulations young authors!

What's Grown' On? California Agriculture--More Than You Can Imagine!
Teachers, request your free class set of the new edition of What's Growin' On? student newspaper. Targeted for fourth through eighth grade, topics include edible plant parts, weather, ancient civilizations, horticulture, avocados, and more! Activities incorporate Content Standards for California Public Schools. Orders will be shipped in January 2006.
Request California Agriculture--More Than You Can Imagine!

Healthy Eating Active Living Collaborative
Deadline: Dec. 12, 2005
Mini-grants up to $4,999 are available for short-term projects which utilize nutrition education to address childhood obesity, physical activity, or increased fruit and vegetable consumption. California counties eligible to participate include Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba. The target population includes school districts in which 50% or more of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.
For more information, and to request an application, please contact Dawn Dunlap at 916/556-3344 ext. 137.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2006
Training: Mar. 4-May 27, 2006 (13 Saturdays)
Cost: $100
Want to become a Master Gardener or school advisor? Los Angeles County residents who want to help teach low- and limited-resource individuals how to grow and eat more nutritious vegetables and fruits should apply to attend 13 classes this spring.
For more information, and to request an application packet, please contact Gloria Mitchell at 323/260-3348.

2nd Annual "Remember Me" Rose School Garden Awards
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2006
Schools or community organizations in the U.S. who garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 can apply to establish rose gardens to commemorate the events of September 11th. Beyond their commemorative significance, each garden will also be a catalyst for education in conflict resolution and mediation skills, preparing students to seek and achieve fair and peaceful solutions. Twenty winning school gardens will each receive Messenger plant growth stimulant, 10 rose bushes from Edmunds' Roses, and educational materials from National Gardening Association.
For more information, and to apply, please visit www.kidsgardening.com

Young Epidemiology Scholars Research Project Competition
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2006
Epidemiology is the science of exploring patterns of disease, illness and injury within populations, with the goal of developing methods for prevention, control and treatment of the problem. Use agriculture as a theme to shed light on a health problem. Substantial scholarships are awarded to winners.
For more information, visit www.collegeboard.com.

A+ for Energy Grant and Scholarship Program
Deadline: Apr. 7, 2006
The A+ for Energy grant program provides $5,000 and $10,000 grants to K-12 teachers to assist them in teaching about energy and energy conservation. This year, $1.5 million is earmarked for California teachers. How does this relate to ag? The food chain and food webs, solar energy for greenhouses or agricultural biomass as a fuel source could be the start of many ideas for creative ag-related projects.
For more information, explore www.aplusforenergy.com or call 714/228-6760.

Imagine this... Story Writing Contest Regional Winners

Region 1

Colusa
Papa's Cows
by Michaela Carvalho, 3rd Grade
Maxwell Elementary School - Dena Lausten, Teacher
 
The Pumpkin Contest
by Andrew Vargas, 3rd Grade
Maxwell Elementary School - Dena Lausten, Teacher
 
Happy Cow
by Bryce Perry, 4th Grade
Maxwell Elementary School - Dianna G. Detlefsen, Teacher
 
Farmer Joe's Pumpkin Patch
by Lauren LaGrande, 5th Grade
Maxwell Elementary School - Suzanne Boggs, Teacher
 
Siskiyou
The Perfect Tree
by Preston Munson, 5th Grade
Etna Elementary School - Ellen Fasenfest, Teacher
 
Forest Friends
by Mackenzie Allen, 6th Grade
Grenada Elementary School - Debbi Hoy, Teacher
 
The Horstory of How the West Was Really Won
by Russell Sweet, 6th Grade
Grenada Elementary School - Debbi Hoy, Teacher
 
Pack and Draft Goats
by Casey Scott, 7th Grade
Grenada Elementary School - Debbi Hoy, Teacher
 
Stuck-up Steers
by Clay Jackson, 8th Grade
Grenada Elementary School - Debbi Hoy, Teacher
 
What's the Difference?
by Tyler Sweet, 8th Grade
Grenada Elementary School - Debbi Hoy, Teacher
 

Region 2

Amador
The Grape That Couldn't Decide What to Be
by Riley Tomczak, 4th Grade
Ione Elementary School - Regia Sargent, Teacher
 
King Nut's Pyramid of Good Health
by Kiney Prestia, 4th Grade
Ione Elementary School - Regia Sargent, Teacher
 
Herding Sheep
by Jordan Ohm, 5th Grade
Ione Elementary School - Pamela Wilson, Teacher
 
El Dorado
The Diary of an Apple Tree
by Rose Christeson, 3rd Grade
Home school - Nancy Christeson, Teacher
 
Sally's Tree Adventure
by Tylene Henderson, 3rd Grade
Louisiana Schnell School - Jane VanCamp, Teacher
 
A Pig's Life
by Caleb Melton, 5th Grade
Louisiana Schnell School - Julie Gavard, Teacher
 
Stanislaus
A Day on the Farm
by Shawnacey Donahue, 6th Grade
School in the Valley - Amanda Bell, Teacher
 
The Perfect Almond
by Chris Bennett, 6th Grade
Yolo Middle School - Sheila Kendall, Teacher
 
What's Wrong With Horses?
by Nina Ritter, 7th Grade
School in the Valley - Amanda Bell, Teacher
 
Don't Squash Spiders
by Brooklyn Brammer, 7th Grade
School in the Valley - Amanda Bell, Teacher
 
The Seed
by Amy Wright, 8th Grade
Gratton School - Rexann Jensen, Teacher
 
A Cow and No Milk!
by Austin Morelli, 8th Grade
Gratton School - Rexann Jensen, Teacher
 

Region 3

Fresno
Apples
by Maria Del Torro, 3rd Grade
Roosevelt Elementary School - Gina Elisalde, Teacher
 
The Artichoke Mystery
by David Morgutia, 5th Grade
Baird Middle School - Liz Dodds, Teacher
 
The Calf That Wouldn't Be Sold
by Joshua Daniel Soleno, 8th Grade
Sanger Academy - Nicole Wichert, Teacher
 
Kern
Perfect Eggs
by Megan Harlander, 3rd Grade
Valley Oaks Charter School - Christine Harlander, Teacher
 
Amy's Big Decision
by Katie Harlander, 5th Grade
Valley Oaks Charter School - Christine Harlander, Teacher
 
Madera
Monty Jack
by Fernando Lomeli, 8th Grade
Haward Elementary - D.L. Grabar, Teacher
 
Monterey
Beef Helps Your Everyday Life
by Crystal Avila, 6th Grade
Bradley Union Elementary School - McKaye Jones, Teacher
 
The Assignment
by Elizabeth Clark, 7th Grade
All Saints' Day School - Melissa Moore, Teacher
 
Tulare
Great Garbanzos
by David Malmstrom, 4th Grade
Elbow Creek Elementary School - Alison Miniaci, Teacher
 
Live! On a Farm
by Hattie Jameson, 4th Grade
Elbow Creek Elementary School - Alison Miniaci, Teacher
 
Yum!
by Quin Johnson, 6th Grade
Rockford Elementary School - Sally Fernandes, Teacher
 
Who's More Important?
by Chelsea Kittrell, 7th Grade
Rockford Elementary School - Sally Fernandes, Teacher
 

Region 4

Los Angeles
Breakfast Egg or Chick
by Julissa Chacon, 4th Grade
Painter Ave. Christian School - Anita Chacon, Teacher
 
California's Real Gold
by Lance Rodriguez, 5th Grade
Dyer Street Elementary School - Nicole Matloff, Teacher
 
The Adventures of Compost Man
by Daniel Kaplan, 5th Grade
Fremont Elementary School - Sherri Downer, Teacher
 
I Wish I Were You
by Samantha Vanslooten, 6th Grade
Hale Middle School - Richard Herrera, Teacher
 
There's Agriculture in My Closet?
by Helen Lai, 7th Grade
San Gabriel Christian School - Clarence Atwater, Teacher
 
Homemade Compost
by Jonathan Yu, 8th Grade
San Gabriel Christian School - Christie Curtis, Teacher
 
Out of This World
by Citlalli Sandoval, 8th Grade
San Gabriel Christian School - Christie Curtis, Teacher
 
Riverside
The Carrot and the Grape
by Noah Estep, 3rd Grade
Carter Elementary School - Karen Olson, Teacher
 
George and the Carrot Farm
by Taylor Wollan, 3rd Grade
Carter Elementary School - Karen Olson, Teacher
 
San Bernardino
The Missing Grapes
by Robyn J. Swift, 4th Grade
Home Choice/Washington Alternative - Pamela Eshelman, Teacher
 
Cotty's Long Journey
by Brandon D. Castillo, 6th Grade
Berean Christian School - Vivian Castillo/Anita Chacon, Teacher
 
Remembering
by Kaelin A. Swift, 7th Grade
Home Choice/Washington Alternative - Pamela Eshelman, Teacher
 
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