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Dr. Hewavitharana visits Georgia Brown Elementary for Career Day

Along with other local community professionals, Center Plant Pathologist Shashika Hewavitharana visited Georgia Brown Elementary in Paso Robles, CA for their Annual Career Day. Georgia Brown is a dual immersion magnet school with both English and Spanish instruction. A cohort of 112 students from four kindergarten classes participated in this session with Dr. Hewavitharana. She talked to them about the discipline of plant pathology, the career path of a Plant Doctor, Cal Poly University, and the importance of learning both English and Spanish. Children involved in an interactive 'Learn by Doing' activity of observing plant disease symptoms and signs including the strawberry postharvest disease called Botrytis fruit rot.

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