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Education

April 17, 2014

Cardinal students celebrate Ag Day

ELDON — Sometimes the best way to learn is to get out of the classroom and come face-to-face with things that you might not see every day. Students at Cardinal Elementary School got that chance Thursday during Ag Day.

Every year, the Cardinal FFA and volunteers from around the community bring in animals, farm equipment and different presentations to help teach the young students about agriculture.

Each of the elementary school classes went to different stations throughout the day, and the younger students were allowed to pet horses, goats, cows, rabbits, ducks and other animals. While their attention was focused on the animals, the older students taught them about the animals and how to properly care for them.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa State University Extension, Golden Furrow, local beekeepers and other organizations were also on hand providing special educational demonstrations.

“The DNR is talking about all of the different furbearing animals in Iowa, and the beekeepers are doing a presentation about how their honeycombs work and their honeybees,” said Kala Miller, agriculture and science teacher and FFA advisor at Cardinal.

Miller said some of the students in her horticulture and other classes used their presentations as a class project. They put together presentations and had activities, like making boutonnières out of flowers, for the elementary school students to do.

Even when the students were due for a story or game time, the high school students had a special Monopoly game made and agriculture-related books were read, so the teaching never stopped.

As you can imagine, putting together a full day of hands-on agricultural education can take some time. Miller said she, the students and volunteers had been working since the beginning of March to get all of the presentations and things ready.

Miller said she is thankful for all of the volunteers who helped with this year’s Ag Day.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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