Third grade students at Northeastern Elementary in Bellefontaine took a break from the classroom and took part in an ag day on Thursday.
The event was put on with cooperation between Logan County Farm Bureau and Ohio Hi-Point junior and senior Animal Management students.
(Pictured above, Ohio Hi-Point students teach third graders)
Jill Smith, Organization Director for Ohio Farm Bureau, helped organize the event. She noted the ag day was made in order to teach kids about agriculture who otherwise would not experience it.
Smith also said the event was made to test the setup for possible future ag days. She expressed the need for more agricultural education opportunities across Logan County and the importance of teaching kids where their food comes from.
Listen to Smith talk about the ag day and hopes for future years
Smith said though the event was a test, they would like to expand to other Logan County area schools in coming years.
The day-long event served one third grade class at a time and rotated kids between three different activities.
(Pictured right, students make butter)
Tayteum Vigansky is a third grade student at Northeastern and said the event was “fun.” She also said it was interesting to learn about agriculture since it was so different from other subjects.
Listen to Vigansky talk about participating in the event
The three stations were buttermaking, garden in a glove, and animals with each lasting about ten to fifteen minutes.
Third graders were given the chance to make butter from milk cream and after several minutes of shaking, each individual had their own homemade butter.
The garden-in-a-glove exhibit taught kids how plants can grow without soil. By using a plastic glove, cotton balls, and seeds, students made their own habitat for growing small seeds. Seeds ranged in variety and included pumpkin, sunflower, and beans among others.
The animal station allowed students to touch a miniature horse, a calf, and many small exotic animals. Animals used in the exhibit were provided by Ohio Hi-Point students and gave the elementary students a chance to see and touch animals they likely had not seen before.
Mrs. Heather Wechta is a teacher at the elementary and said the event tied in well with school subjects because students were currently learning about Logan County.
Audrey Foster is Ohio Hi-Point FFA’s chapter president and Haley Jones is also a student at Ohio Hi-Point.
(Pictured left, students with their homemade butter)
“Agriculture supplies everything we use in this country and without it, we wouldn’t have anything,” Foster said. Jones and Foster also mentioned the fun activities allowed a better way to engage the younger students and help them learn simultaneously.
Listen to Jones and Foster talk about the ag day
The Northeastern Ag Day has hopes to be the beginning of more agricultural learning in Logan County schools for coming years.