(08/03/23) BATON ROUGE, La. — The East Baton Rouge Parish offices of the LSU AgCenter and Southern Ag Center are sponsoring a back-to-school Youth AgBash at Burden Museum & Gardens on Sept. 22.
This urban extension event is designed to expose inner city students to programs and careers in agriculture.
Dewanna Drewery, AgCenter interim parish chair and a former secondary school educator, is coordinating this event. She said AgBash will provide an opportunity for children in urban areas to apply and extend learning outside of the classroom.
“As a teacher, I would conduct an annual wellness fair at the school to provide hands-on activities on nutrition, and I decided to continue that tradition in this role,” she said.
Drewery said AgBash will be an annual event and will count as a field trip for East Baton Rouge Parish fifth-grade students.
“Each year, we will randomly select elementary schools in the parish to attend,” she said. “We feel this is the age where they can really benefit from this experience.”
Many students who live in urban communities don’t know about the ag centers, so the event will provide Drewery and her staff a platform to showcase their programs.
“We have a unique staff of agents that cover the areas of horticulture, 4-H, tobacco cessation, nutrition and parenting,” she said. “So, this event will teach them about eating healthy and developing life skills for their future.”
Drewery said activities the students will be involved in include the dangers of smoking, agriculture, physical fitness and how to prepare healthy snacks.
“Being in the gardens at Burden is a major part of the excitement — showing them that there is more out there than just what they see in their neighborhoods every day,” she said.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture