Volunteers throughout the state will read The Grapes Grow Sweet, by Lynne Tuft and Illustrated by Tessa DeCarlo. Contact Cattaraugus County Coordinator, Alice Wright at wright.farm32 [at] yahoo.com to become a volunteer.
Students and teachers will benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities.
Start to Finish the program takes about 30 minutes per classroom.
- Literacy Volunteers work with their county coordinators to set up visits to their local schools.
- Volunteers read to students in first through third grade classrooms.
- Following the reading, volunteers conduct an activity with students and share their experiences in agriculture.
All activity materials are prepared by NY Agriculture in the Classroom and schools get to keep a copy of the book for their school or classroom library.
This Year's Book:
With the advent of New York's booming grape industries we are proud to feature a book that so wonderfully captures this way of life for over 1,600 family-owned vineyards in our state. New York ranks third nationally in grape production, with 75% of grapes produced being made into grape juice and the other 25% processed into wine and used in the craft beverage industry.