It was a year like never before, and a Teach Ag day that showed it. Plans had changed, in person events were canceled, and face masks were the new staple accessory. All of this could have put a damper on Center-Stanton High School’s Teach Ag Celebration that year if not for North Dakota agriculture teacher Nikki Fideldy-Doll and the 2020 Teach Ag Day Host Kit.
On Thursday, September 17, 2020, Nikki and her students walked into a classroom full of Teach Ag Green. Streamers and ornaments covered the ceiling, a banner hung by the door, and place settings and Tagged to Teach Ag Kits littered the tables.
In the midst of it all, Nikki, #TeachAg green from head to toe. From the bow in her hair to the socks on her feet, her mask with its Teach Ag logo, her t-shirt tie-dyed and tagged, and the star of it all; a tutu to match.
All this – sans tutu – and more was delivered to her doorstep in preparation for celebrating the tenth annual National Teach Ag Day.
The kit included:
- promotional flyers and posters for the classroom
- tagged giveaway items to tag students who should become ag teachers
- an interactive notebook
- activities with materials and instructions for activities
- and so much more!
Valued at $150, the selected hosts received the kits at no cost.
“If they do the kits again, you guys listening, drop what you are doing and sign up.” Nikki said on the 25thepisode of “Here by the Owl”, a podcast she hosts with Wahpeton, ND Agriculture Teacher Breanna Bregel. “The kit was amazing!”
When asked about her favorite part of the kit, Nikki said it had to be the door cling and swears she will leave it up on her door until she retires. Her students, however, preferred the prizes included with several of the activities. Much of the swag in the kits can be used year-round, and they all include the items needed to make a Tagged to Teach Ag kit.
“We did have a lot of fun,” Nikki said in her podcast. “I think it was the best [Teach Ag Day] yet!”
The 2021 Teach Ag Day Host Kits are available online now through Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. For more information and to apply for a kit, visit the application survey here.