LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -After seeing a need for kids to learn about agriculture, Brookhollow Principal April Sebesta scheduled Southwest Dairy Farmers to host a Mobile Dairy Classroom Program.
“Times have changed from when we were younger, the agriculture industry and farming we were somewhat familiar with and when I became principal here we would ask kids where does milk come from and they would say the grocery store,” said Sebesta.
The program includes a 30 to 45-minute oral presentation by a trained instructor, printed educational material for teachers and a milking presentation.
Which was interesting to 4th grader Grant Stafford.
“We never really see them milk the cows,” said Stafford.
“We learned how they milk cows right now they do it from electricity,” he said.
Students also learned food safety, characteristics of dairy cows and the essential nutrients in milk.
“Because it makes you healthy,” said Stafford.
“To me, it’s important for them to see that agriculture affects everything they do what they eat, what they wear, where they live and not just think of agriculture as farming,” said Sebesta.
Sebesta said her ultimate goal is to continue to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum to educate students.
“It’s something I feel like is being left behind in the younger years we have great opportunities here in Lufkin, limited less possibilities for kids as they grow up and this kind of bridges the connection from elementary from once they get to middle school and high school to participate in agriculture, so that they can get these experiences and so that they can be the future of AG,” said Sebesta.
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