Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

March 17, 2009

Media Advisory - Commissioner to Promote Agriculture Literacy

Wednesday, March 18 at 9:30 am at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker will read to four second grade classes at the Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School tomorrow to help promote agriculture literacy in New York State. This week is National Agriculture Week, and the Commissioner will be joining volunteers across the State in an effort to help increase the awareness and understanding of agriculture in New York State.

Over 1,000 schools will be visited over the course of this week with volunteers reading a book titled, The Empire State Investigator: The Applesauce Bandit, to second graders. The story involves two second grade students who are aspiring to be their class’s top newspaper reporters and during their investigation, they learn how apples are grown, harvested and processed into applesauce. After the reading, the book will be donated to the school library. Last year, more than 1,500 books were read to more than 60,000 students.

All media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHO: New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker

WHAT: Reading to second grade students to promote agriculture literacy

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School

66 Church Street, Coeymans, New York

518-756-5200 x 4000

For more information regarding this event, please contact Jessica Chittenden with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3136 (office) or 518-527-3949(cell).

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