Meredith honored with ag education award

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A ‘community achievement,’ West Hardin teacher says

By Kelly Cantrall

A Hardin County teacher is a leader in agriculture education in the state, according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau.

Leslie Meredith, a seventh-grade science and social studies teacher at West Hardin Middle School, received the 2013 Excellence in Ag Literacy Award. Meredith was recognized for including agriculture lessons in her curriculum.

Meredith received $500 and a trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in June in Hershey, Pa., where she will compete for a national award.
Meredith submitted an application for the award last year and came in second place.
“I just decided I would try again this year,” she said.
Some of the agriculture lessons Meredith has brought to West Hardin include a Farm to School program, which focused on food sources and was embedded in multiple subjects in the school. She worked to get the school certified as a Green and Healthy School.
Meredith’s father is a farmer, and that background serves as her inspiration in the classroom. She continually looks for ways to incorporate ag studies into her lessons.
“I think it ties in so wonderfully with the science and social studies curriculum,” she said.
Considering agricultural issues in other parts of the world allow students to use problem-solving skills, observe similarities between other parts of the globe and their home and see “how they can overcome social, cultural, economic and political barriers to improve humanity,” she said.
Many of the programs involved other faculty members and community agencies, and Meredith said it was crucial to have their support. The award recognizes their efforts, too, she said.
“My name’s on it, but I feel it’s a team, a school, a community achievement and it is,” she said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.