More than 300 people attended Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom’s 13th Annual Fall Harvest Dinner and Auction Oct. 19, raising more than $44,000 to support AITC’s mission of educating Oregon students about agriculture, the environment and natural resources.
Last school year AITC reached 120,000 students statewide.
This year’s celebration was at Oregon State University’s Alumni Center in Corvallis. The evening’s entertainment kicked off with a social hour with local artisan cheeses, seafood and fresh produce, plus regional wines and craft beers. Guests enjoyed the locally grown foods during the silent auction and dinner.
The AITC Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Justin Brill, who teaches first and second grade at the Bethany Charter School in Stayton. Brill regularly uses AITC lessons, books and support materials in his classroom. He holds degrees in both education and agriculture from OSU.
A live auction concluded the evening. Guests also purchased 46 cases of the recently updated “Get Oregonized” textbook. AITC matches classroom’s book purchases with these donated books to help schools establish full sets for their classrooms at lower costs. “Get Oregonized” is a social studies textbook written for third- through fifth-grade students. The book covers Oregon’s history and its regions.
AITC wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the dinner sponsors: The Capital Press, Lochmead Farms, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Oregon Wheat Growers League and Wilbur-Ellis Co. Special thanks are also given to everyone who volunteered their time and talents to making the evening a success, including the numerous businesses that made donations to the auctions, Tami Kerr, AITC executive director, said.
“Without all of these volunteers, businesses and organizations coming together to support our program, the event would simply not be possible and our program wouldn’t be able to continue its important work across the state,” she said.