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Community Math Academy Students Take A Farmers' Market Field Trip
The 2014 Community Math Academy concluded last week. Students participated in a "Farmers' Market Field Trip". This project, funded in part by Foothills Farmers' Market and donations, provided an opportunity for students attending Cleveland County’s Community Math Academy to practice their math skills while learning about locally-grown foods and the importance of giving back to the community.  The Community Math Academy gives students a jump-start on skills needed for their upcoming grade level through an intensive three-week summer learning session.
Students were organized into teams each with a $30 budget to shop among market vendors. They shopped with their budget in mind, estimated cost, then used scales to calculate actual cost to compare. Their combined purchases were then used to assemble baskets. Each basket, filled to capacity, was donated to an organization that feeds the hungry in the community. Every student also took home a bag of fresh food.
Through their involvement with the Community Math Academy Project, students were introduced to the farmers’ market experience (many for the very first time).  They now have increased awareness of production agriculture, have been introduced to new food items, and learned the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Submitted by Emily Parker

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