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Great Valley staging 17th Ag Day Friday

The longest running Ag Day experience continues.

On Friday, Great Valley Elementary School at 4223 McDougald Blvd. in Weston Ranch will be celebrating this 17th annual event.

This year’s theme will emphasize the role of the tractor.

According to long-time Ag Day organizer Jeanne Pacheco, this event continues to be one of the largest, if not the largest, school-based agricultural celebration in San Joaquin County.

“Our school consists of over 1,200 students, 44 teachers and campus support staff,” she said of the overall participation.

Ag Day will again feature multiple presenters from the surrounding counties representing different aspects of agriculture in our community. 

They’ll be doing hands-on presentations for all grade levels (K-8th Grade). 

Ag Day begins at 9 a.m. with students having a chance to learn about the value of agriculture in general — live animals, tractors and other farm equipment will be on display during the event.

Among this year’s new participants will include the likes of Bat Rescue Program from NorCal Bats along with the traveling Teachers from the Great Valley Museum, and a Hands-on Crime Lab.

In all, organizers indicate that there will be nearly 50 different presentations, both inside and outside of classrooms, for students to rotate through.

In addition, STEM Science and Common Core Math is taught before and after the event for hands-on learning as another facet of Ag Day.

The emphasis this year is on ecosystems, fairy gardens and parts of plants, with writing and art contests being related to the state standards, in this case.

 This year’s Ag Day is being made possible via donations from Big Valley Tractors, SSJID, Horace Mann/Steve Fisher, Jillian Schachner, as well as several other local businesses.

To learn more, call 209.938.6300.