Paulding County, GA – Representative Paulette Rakestraw visited Dugan Elementary School with GABIE, the Great American Bus of Interactive Education, this week. GABIE was created by Ms. Lisa Williams, a constituent of Rep. Rakestraw. The mobile, interactive, educational bus was created to teach school children about agriculture in Georgia.
Six third-grade classrooms at Dugan Elementary learned about Georgia’s crops and agriculture by touring the GABIE bus. Students learned to grind wheat into flour and each took home a sample bag of flour and a cookie recipe to try. Students in each classroom also planted lettuce or cucumbers; they can watch these plants grow and then use them to make a healthy salad or side dish for their families.
The third-grade classrooms have been learning about government and Representative Rakestraw spoke to the students about her role in government. Students answered questions about their studies and asked Rep. Rakestraw about what she does and tied it all back to the lessons they’ve learned about how government operates.
Ms. Heather Wilson’s third-grade class sang a song about how government operates to Rep. Rakestraw. Teachers say this helps the students retain information about the three branches of government and what they do.
GABIE has recently filmed a pilot for a television cooking-contest show in which teachers can create a recipe using a Georgia crop and submit it to the show. The winner of the recipe contest may then bring 30 students to film the television show with GABIE. Long-term plans are to expand and launch programs in other states to highlight the state’s products and teach students about trading.
Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives as the Vice Chair for the Science and Technology committee and serves on the Special Committee for Small Business and Job Creation, Special Rules, Juvenile Justice, and Economic Development Committees.