FFA Students Teach 5th Graders at School Farm During Food for America Day
Neosho fifth graders celebrate Food for America day with a trip to the school farm.
Dawson Decker tried her hand at roping a pretend steer.
Just one ‘hands on’ experience she and other fifth graders are getting at the school farm.
Dawson said, “I ‘ m learning a lot about farm animals and how they produce what people use, like sheep and dairy cattle.”
“Lamb chops, yes!” exclaim leaders of the sheep station as they quiz the young students.
Fifth grader Elizabeth Zuscar said,”It ‘ s taught us about, how like, the stuff that comes from pigs like pork chops and bacon.”
And at some stations the students got a taste! Butter dipped in hand shaken homemade butter.
Elizabeth added, “It ‘ s been really cool. I ‘ ve learned a lot of stuff. I learned how you make butter, we learned about bows and hunting.”
An FFA student explained, “These (arrow tips) light up, that way you can go out and find your arrow even if you’re shooting your target.”
There were thirty-one stations the fifth graders visited and the older students also learn by presenting.
“That ‘ s hard as a rock,” said an FFA student holding a hoof and demonstrating how to horseshoe.
FFA advisor and Ag instructor Jennifer Thogmartin said of the stations, “They’re totally student led. They choose the stations. They get to choose their topic and the information they give to students. And they each have to come up with a visual aid and a hands on activity. So, it ‘ s really good for our students. They put a lot of time and effort into their stations.”
Neosho high school senior, Regan Rogers talked about the many ag related careers. She says public speaking is a big part of the experience that helped her find her future path.
Rogers said, “Food for America is where I earned what I want to be when in grow up. I learned that I wanted to be a teacher cause I love talking to kids and teaching them. So it ‘ s good for all of us to see what we want to do and we get to talk about specific topics and teach them. But we’re also learning too, because we have to do the research on what we’re talking about.”
The school farm has eight hundred acres and includes cattle and hay and is utilized as a classroom. FFA students can work on both to get real farm world experience especially if they live in town.