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The students' work was selected out of 643 submitted artworks. They will be featured in a calendar with other winners.

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM FOUNDATION - A drawing of Oregon lavendar by Hillsboro first-grader Tala B.Three Hillsboro students' appreciation of agriculture and artistic skills were recognized in a statewide art contest in September.

Drawings by first-graders Tala B. and Abigail R. and third-grader Eshaan K. were selected out of 643 entries by kindergarteners to sixth-graders to the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Foundation's calendar art contest.

The contest showcases Oregon's diverse agricultural and natural resource commodities, according to a statement from the foundation.

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM FOUNDATION - A drawing of Oregon berries by Hillsboro first-grader Abigail R.The three Hillsboro winners are all students at Carden Cascade Academy, and they each received a $50 gift certificate for winning.

They were recognized during a virtual reception in September along with 10 other winners from around the state, whose artwork will make up the 2020-21 calendar.

Each month in the calendar features one of the winning students' art and each day of the year has a fact about agriculture. The calendars are free for Oregon teachers and can be purchased for $4 at

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM FOUNDATION - A drawing of an Oregon pumpkin patch by Hillsboro third-grader Eshaan K."The calendar contest is a great project for teachers and students to assign as a fun project during this time of distance learning. It gives teachers an opportunity to discuss the bounty and beauty of Oregon agriculture and incorporate art into their virtual classrooms," said Jessica Jansen, director of AITC.

AITC is a nonprofit foundation that helps students grow their knowledge of agriculture, the environment and natural resources, according to the foundation.

It provides free educational lessons, activities and resources to educators in Oregon to support the integration of agricultural themes into academic subjects.

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