Judy Trunnell receives Excellence in Ag Literacy Award

Posted on Nov 30, 2016

Louisville, KY (December 3, 2016) – Judy Trunnell, a teacher at College View Middle School in Daviess County, is the recipient of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2016 Excellence in Ag Literacy Award. The announcement was made at the organization’s 97th annual meeting, held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

KFB’s Excellence in Ag Literacy Award recognizes and rewards teachers who excel in their efforts to incorporate agricultural concepts throughout their core curriculum. Nominations were made for a variety of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers who use their classrooms to help students comprehend the value of agriculture as it impacts their personal well-being economically, environmentally and socially.

For winning the award, Trunnell received $500 cash and an expense-paid trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference June 20-23, 2017 in Kansas City, MO, where she will represent Kentucky in the national competition.

Trunnell has been teaching for the past 23 years and joined the staff at College View Middle six years ago. Knowing that everyone’s livelihood depends on agriculture led her to teach students about the importance of making good, nutritious food choices and how to do so.

Her five-week unit on “Nutrition” began with teaching students about the six vital nutrients that bodies need in order to survive and what types of foods would be found under each classification.

Students were given a variety of activities to enhance the instruction including participation in a timed, class-by-class competition to see who could name the most fruits and vegetables by color variation. Trunnell said the students were amazed that certain colors could provide certain health benefits.

Her students also participated in evaluating food labels to determine if that particular food source met nutritional needs by way of a classroom grocery store.

Trunnell also created, with the help of the school’s Youth Service Center, a day called, “Farm to Fork: Celebrating Local Food and Local Farms.”

A learning station was set up like a local farmers’ market where students were able to go from station to station to better understand and appreciate some of the local foods and agriculture in the local community.

Trunnell said by utilizing the lessons in this “Nutrition” unit and the activities in which her students were involved, they have been motivated to take life-long lessons back to their own homes. 

Trunnell graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brescia College and received her master’s degree from Western Kentucky University.