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Local Menlo Park classrooms to have a cow with visit from interactive agriculture program

Original post made by Susan Chang, Laurel School, on Oct 20, 2006

Mobile Dairy Classroom Gives Children Firsthand Look at Farm Life
WHAT: To teach children about the importance of agriculture and farming, Dairy Council of California's Mobile Dairy Classroom will visit Menlo Park-area elementary schools, and feature a full-size dairy cow as part of their dynamic lesson plan.
The Mobile Dairy Classroom, an educational milking parlor on wheels, teaches children about how milk starts at a farm and ends up on their dinner table. Students also learn about the anatomy of a cow, agriculture's role in our food supply, and the value of dairy foods in a healthy diet. To enhance the learning experience, the classroom will bring a live cow from a nearby dairy for a milking demonstration so the children can get up close and personal with a real farm animal.

WHY: Students in urban communities rarely get the chance to learn about agriculture and farming. This hands-on experience will allow them to make the connection that many of their favorite foods come from a farm, and encourage them to make healthy food choices.

WHEN AND WHERE: Nov. 1 – Encinal Elementary; Nov. 8 – Laurel Elementary
*Please contact Jessica Northrup at 619/296-0605 for exact times.

VISUALS: Children interacting with a live cow on their campus and, for some, seeing a cow for the first time
• Agriculture lessons being taught to hundreds of students

• Jeff Byers, Mobile Dairy Classroom instructor, can discuss the lesson and the importance of teaching children about nutrition and the origin of their food
• Children can talk about what they learn and what they enjoy about the interactive experience
• Teachers will be available to talk about the hands-on learning benefit for their students

Contact: Jessica Northrup
Nuffer, Smith, Tucker


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