By Holly Lynne Killian
Is there a better way to celebrate the end of a wonderful school year than with a farm day at your school? We don't think so.
Adamsville Elementary and Pinson Elementary Schools were treated to Farm Days by the Jefferson County Farmers Federation, Jefferson County 4H, and Jefferson County Young Farmers. Board members, who are also local farmers, brought their best subjects to show off to students from kindergarten to 5th grades. Cows, pigs, goats, chickens, bees, rabbits, a horse, and even a camel were all present for an up-close and personal agriculture experience. For many students, this is their first experience with farm animals. Expectedly, some students are fearful and timid, but with a little coaxing, and friendly magic from Hank the Camel, they open up quickly with arms reached up. Students quickly embrace the animals for a touch and learn experience.
For Ms. Lare, Special Ed teacher at Pinson Elementary, the experience is one of a kind. "They will probably remember this for a while," she said. "The students don't get to see this everyday. It really does help reinforce the lesson in the classroom." The students are quick to make the connections too, making real life connections with the animals and their own experiences. Some students were able to share stories about their parents or grandparents having goats or chickens on a farm. Whatever their background and knowledge, the experience certainly helps further illustrate the lessons learned, as well as, the importance of knowing where their food comes from. Watching the children smile and laugh with their eyes lighting up, not wanting to leave the animals is truly an unforgettable moment in their lives.
We want you and your school to value these principles as well. If you are interested in having a Farm Day at your school, contact our office to see our availability for the 2019/2020 school year. Don't forget to check out all the photos from our Farm Days on our Facebook page.