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Two Bend students’ artwork honored in Agriculture in the Classroom calendar

Meredith Leavitt fruit
Meredith Leavitt’s winning artwork in the Oregon ATIC Calendar Art Contest featured a watermelon and other assorted fruit.
Adalynn Rhyne cabin forest
Adalynn Rhyne’s winning artwork in the Oregon AITC Calendar Art Contest featured a cabin in Oregon’s forest.

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Two Bend students in fifth grade were honored during a virtual reception held earlier this week. Their artwork was selected among 643 entries submitted to the AITC Calendar Art Contest, sponsored by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.

The AITC Calendar Art Contest showcases Oregon’s diverse agricultural and natural resource commodities.

This year, artwork was submitted by students kindergarten through sixth grade across the state in public, private, charter and homeschool education systems featuring Oregon agriculture and natural resources. The entries received celebrated Oregon’s diverse agriculture with artwork depicting a wide variety of Oregon’s 220 agricultural commodities.

The two students receiving this honor both came from Morning Star Christian School in Bend.

Meredith Leavitt submitted artwork featuring a juicy watermelon and several other Oregon grown fruit and can be viewed on the July page of the calendar.

Adalynn Rhyne drew a cabin in Oregon’s forest featured on the cover of the calendar.

In describing her artwork, Adalynn said, “My artwork shows the lovely green lush forest with Mt. Bachelor standing tall behind and the sun glistening down with a cabin sitting in the middle.”

Adalynn added, “My family loves to hike and adventure through the beauties of Oregon. It’s truly a great experience to get out there!”

 “The calendar contest is a great project for teachers and students to assign as a fun project during this time of distance learning. It gives teachers an opportunity to discuss the bounty and beauty of Oregon agriculture and incorporate art into their virtual classrooms,” said Jessica Jansen, AITC executive director.

Each month in the calendar features one of the winning student’s art and each day of the year has a fact about agriculture.

The 13 students selected to be featured in our 2020-2021 calendar received a $50 award and certificate to commemorate this honor. The winning artwork will be displayed on Oregon AITC’s website at oregonaitc.org/winner-archives. Calendars are free to Oregon teachers, and can be ordered for just $4 on oregonaitc.org/shop.       

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About Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom: Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (AITC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students grow in their knowledge of Oregon’s agriculture, environment and natural resources. AITC provides free educational lessons, activities and resource materials to Oregon educators to support the integration of agricultural themes into academic subjects such as math, science, history and language arts. For more information, visit the AITC website at www.oregonaitc.org.

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