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

Original post made by Susan Chang 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

INTERVIEWS:
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
619/296-0605
jn@nstpr.com


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