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F&M Bank volunteers mark Agriculture Literacy Week

PRESS RELEASE: F&M Bank volunteers mark Agriculture Literacy Week

For Immediate Release | March 27, 2019

Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom celebrated its annual Agriculture Literacy Week March 18-22, and volunteers from Bridgewater, Elkton and Woodstock F&M Bank locations were among participants.

John Coffman, Ashley Griffith, Ashley Lam, Ashley McClure, and Paul Eberly of F&M Bank joined volunteers from Farm Bureaus, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Farm Credit, local FFA chapters and other agriculture organizations to read books about agriculture in their local schools.

Many read the book Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen and donated copies to school libraries. The book was selected as the 2019 Virginia AITC Book of the Year.

“Reading in the classroom gave us an opportunity to share agriculture with children and help them understand why it’s so important in Virginia and right here in their community,” Eberly said.

Having members of the agriculture community in classrooms across Virginia “is a great opportunity for students and their teachers to learn about agriculture from those who know it best,” said AITC Executive Director Kelly Pious. “The number of volunteers, state agriculture officials and others who step forward each year to read to children in their communities is simply incredible.”

Virginia AITC is part of a nationwide effort to help teachers and students understand and appreciate agriculture, which is Virginia’s and the nation’s largest industry. The program provides an opportunity for children to connect to agriculture through volunteer-led activities, school grants, educator professional development and web resources at

The AITC program is funded by donations received through the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. For information on supporting the foundation’s educational initiatives, visit and click on the “Donor” link.

For more information, please contact Holly Thorne, Marketing Director at (540) 217-6409, or email


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