STANFIELD - Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom features Jacob Surber's artwork on the cover of its 2004-2005 school-year calendar.

Surber, 11, is the son of Charles and Lorinda Surber of Stanfield. He submitted his drawing last spring along with all of Stephanie Ray's fifth grade students at Stanfield Elementary School.

The annual Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom calendar art contest received 1,800 entries from kindergarten through sixth grade students throughout Oregon. The artwork showcases many aspects of Oregon Agriculture.

"I saw this contest a year before, but had to put it on hold," Ray said. "We are an agricultural area so this needs to be promoted."

Two of Ray's students received recognition for their artwork. Surber won the honor of having his crayon picture of a big red barn with farm animals placed on the front cover of the calendar. His picture gives a traditional look at an old-fashioned farm.

"I have an uncle and friends that work on a farm," Surber said. "I thought of those and put it together."

Mara Garcia won an honorable mention for her watercolor of a big red barn surrounded by fields.

"My dad works in the field," Garcia said. "When I was drawing I imagined and thought about it and that's how I drew it."

The 13 Oregon students' artwork, including Surber's, chosen for the calendar is on display at the Oregon State Fair. The students each received a personalized certificate and a $50 savings bond.

Suber is saving his $50 bond for "chef, art or mechanic" school when he gets older, he said.

Ray received a large teachers guide with agricultural curriculum lessons, resource materials, and a calendar for her classroom. Each month the calendar displays students' artwork and the diversity of Oregon's agriculture as well as daily agricultural trivia and facts.

Ray plans on entering her students' artwork once again this coming year, she said.

Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom is coordinated by a non-profit board. The first year the contest had 450 entries and this year 1,800 entries were received.

For more information about the calendar contest and Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, contact Tami Kerr at 737-8629, or visit the Web site at


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