Walking to work this morning I have realized that I have been horrible about my blogging!  But then I remembered I thought that my last blog was a little “informational” and I don’t have the fun stories of checking the cattle everyday nor do I have the stories of going out to check the crops everyday.  I live in the highheel society not in the cowgirlboot world, but then I remembered one of my blogs before that and it was about my school work.

I brought back Ag In the Classroom in Butler County.  This year, being the second year participating in this program I decided to ask the kids what Agriculture meant to them.  I had a contest to see what the students had learned.  After planning the paragraph contest and taking the idea to the teachers I soon realized I had planned this for the exact WRONG time of the school year.  With State Assessments looming I hoped that the teachers would get this extra little paragraph in the schedule.

In April my hopes and prayers came true!  I was able to read the first set of paragraphs from Remington Elementary!  This brought tears to my eyes because at 25 years old I had touched the lives of about 35 students.  Some of the students were a little off in what agriculuture meant to them, but in their own ways they were telling me how I had taught them a little part of what my Dad taught me for the last 25 years!  The reason for the tears though was that some of the students had written “Ms Toews told us that……….” and they would go on from there.  I did that! I taught them that Agriculture is important in their everyday lives!

I thought that if I got two of the six classes back I was doing great for a spur of the moment idea that was planned at the wrong time, but about a week after finishing reading my fourth grade paragraphs from Remington I was handed the paragraphs from Lincolon Elemntary fifth Graders!  I was super excited to read these because this has always been my test pilot school.  All of these students are at least one generation removed from the farm and this would be my first true test!  After reading these paragraphs I could see the difference but this also gave me new hope and excitement!  I was also impacting and touching the lives of these students!  They remembered that Cheeseburgers were grown in Kansas and that Milk comes from a cow!

I am so thankful to God, and my Family for supporting me in my job!  I had a thought about a month ago that I didn’t need to stick with this job anymore and I needed bigger and better things!  I want to get back out on the farm and work the ground with my dad!  Be that Cowgirl Boot wearing Princess YEE HAW!!!!!!!!! But again as I walked to work in my tennis shoes, and my “cotton” tshirt I realized I am doing a different kind of “working the ground”, I am cultivating the minds of my students and that is what this High Heel Society needs, a Cowgirl Boot wearing Princess to teach them where their food comes from!

(Hopefully I will get better at blogging this summer!)

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