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Fourth grade students in Scappoose School District will be learning about Oregon agriculture and history out of brand new textbooks thanks to the generosity of the Columbia County Farm Bureau.

The group donated $1,500 worth of new Get Oregonized student history books to be placed for use in fourth grade classrooms. Otto Petersen teacher, Kristy Larson (left in photo) helped make the arrangements with the school.

Get Oregonized is a recently updated history book written for grades three and four as they study regions of the state and Oregon’s history. The text is designed to help students understand and appreciate the rich history, people and natural resources that shaped the state of Oregon. The book includes maps, illustrations, graphs and historical photographs that complement the easy to read and understand text.

“It is very exciting for us to be able to participate in updating the textbooks for the fourth grade students at Otto Petersen School in Scappoose” said Marie Gadotti (right in photo).   Gadotti is the Vice President of Columbia County Farm Bureau. These textbooks replace outdated textbooks from 1991.

“It is wonderful to see the Columbia County Farm Bureau dedicated to the education of Oregon students,” says Jessica Budge. Budge is the executive director of Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, the non-profit organization who publishes the textbook. The foundation is committed to teaching Oregon’s youth about agriculture and natural resources so important to the Oregon economy and way of life. “School budgets are constantly dwindling and new resources like updated textbooks are often the first to go, says Budge. “When community groups step up like this, the students are able to learn and teachers are able to teach with the best possible tools.”

Get Oregonized highlights various Native American tribes, Lewis and Clark and the fur trapping trade. Important historical figures include Henderson Luelling, Asahel Bush and Abigail Scott Duniway. Also featured are regions of the state and their agricultural contributions to the state’s economy. From cranberries on the southern coast to grass seed in the Willamette Valley, and from wheat in the Columbia Plateau to ranching in Oregon’s high desert, Get Oregonized captures the state’s agricultural diversity.

 

More information about the textbook and information on how you can support this project can be found online at http://aitc.oregonstate.edu.