Dressed in a tie-dyed lab coat Darlene Petranick, who won a national award for agriculture education, taught kindergarteners from Lebanon Road Elementary about potatoes and planting seeds from lima beans and pumpkins on Friday April 17, 2015. Petranick, 43, the school's science teacher, grew up on a farm near Cashiers, NC that has been in her family for more than 200 years. She brought potatoes and seeds she took from the farm's root cellar for her students. "You can teach them to read. You can teach them to write, But if they are hungry and don't know where their food comes from it doesn't matter," Petranick says.
Dressed in a tie-dyed lab coat Darlene Petranick, who won a national award for agriculture education, taught kindergarteners from Lebanon Road Elementary about potatoes and planting seeds from lima beans and pumpkins on Friday April 17, 2015. Petranick, 43, the school's science teacher, grew up on a farm near Cashiers, NC that has been in her family for more than 200 years. She brought potatoes and seeds she took from the farm's root cellar for her students. "You can teach them to read. You can teach them to write, But if they are hungry and don't know where their food comes from it doesn't matter," Petranick says. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
Dressed in a tie-dyed lab coat Darlene Petranick, who won a national award for agriculture education, taught kindergarteners from Lebanon Road Elementary about potatoes and planting seeds from lima beans and pumpkins on Friday April 17, 2015. Petranick, 43, the school's science teacher, grew up on a farm near Cashiers, NC that has been in her family for more than 200 years. She brought potatoes and seeds she took from the farm's root cellar for her students. "You can teach them to read. You can teach them to write, But if they are hungry and don't know where their food comes from it doesn't matter," Petranick says. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

CMS teacher wins national agriculture education honor

April 17, 2015 04:01 PM

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