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May 13, 2013   Email to Friend 

STUDENTS GET HANDS-ON LESSON IN AG EDUCATION
Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
May 13, 2013

Holtville Elementary first-grade students Juliet Hall, Sarah Bunch and Jenna Keller hold a baby chick during “Kids Day on the Farm,” an annual event organized by Holtville High School’s FFA Chapter. More than 700 students in grades K3 through fourth grade attended the event. From left are Hall, Bunch and Keller.
More than 700 Elmore County elementary students experienced a taste of farm life May 2 during the fourth-annual “Kids Day on the Farm” event.

The Alabama Farmers Federation sponsored a unique photography exhibit at the event, which was organized and managed by Holtville High School’s FFA chapter. The event featured livestock exhibits, a cotton ginning exercise, chainsaw carving, homemade ice cream and a close-up look at several pieces of farm equipment.

“We’re not trying to make farmers out of any of the students,” explained Holtville FFA advisor and agriscience teacher Scott Poague. “We’re really just trying to help them understand what is involved in producing their food and fiber. This is an ideal age group to share that message with.”

Set in a rural community, Holtville Elementary isn’t completely shut off to agriculture. What “Kids Day” achieves, Poague says, is offering area youth a chance to explore agriculture through an inviting, interactive experience.

“Most of these kids pass cotton fields and farm stands on the way to school, but this is one of the few opportunities they’ll have to get a close look at agriculture,” added Poague, a member of the Elmore County Farmers Federation.

Second-grade teacher Kim Wheeler said enthusiasm for the event has been building.

“My students have looked forward to the event for weeks,”  Wheeler said. “They couldn’t wait to see the animals and be around the equipment. Scott and his students have done a great job organizing the event and setting everything up, and the kids really enjoyed themselves.”

Click here for a slideshow from the event.


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