Adopt a Rancher
I met their teacher early this summer while she was at an Ag in the Classroom session, and I was helping my parents host the ranch tour. I mentioned that I would love to connect with a classroom to help the kids learn about agriculture, and at the same time emphasize things they're already learning like English, math, geography, Earth science and grammar. There were a few teachers interested, and this gal stepped up to the plate and included it in her curriculum!
Near the end of each month, the kids will each write me a letter or draw a picture with words as labels for the drawing and I will respond with a story about what is going on at my ranch and pictures or video. I already have lots of stories built up through this blog, but I'm excited to haul my video camera around while I do chores and cattle work and get special video for the kids. I will try to answer their individual questions and respond to their stories. Some months, they may not have time to write individual letters, so they may only dictate a group letter to their teacher. Or they may get more creative!
Until now, I just want to spread the word--if any classroom is interesting in adopting me or finding a rancher in their area, just let me know! I can help you out! Also, if any rancher is interested in more information about being a pen pal for a classroom, do not hesitate to ask! I'd love to see ranchers all over the country connect with classrooms on a regular basis. It leads to better understanding of agriculture, as well as showing the kids that they are valued.