By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter
On Friday May 18th, seventy second graders from Colonel Crawford traveled to the high school to learn about farm animals, tractors, plants, and many more aspects of agriculture. Each of the kids we’re asked to bring a canned food item that was given to the Bucyrus Salvation army. The group collected 85 cans of food that was donated.
Second graders visited 12 stations that educated them about farm life. Among the stations were: pigs, sheep, horses, poultry, goats, dairy, steers, tractor safety, plants, and woodworking. At these stations students learned about quality assurance, breeds, show practices, what food and by products come from each animal, and general care for the animals.
While at the horse station, they each took a ride down the driveway which was a highlight for most. At the tractors they learned safety, parts, the use of the electronic GPS equipment, and what tractors are used for. During the plant station, students learned about diseases, plant structure, different equipment used to plant crops, and how the plants grow. They also got to plant their own green bean or cucumber seed to take home and grow. The dairy station featured a jersey cow that the students each got to milk by hand. At the woodworking station, the students burned designs on to wooden ball, rabbit, pig, and duck cut outs. The young students asked many questions and learned a lot from their experiences. The students were served a lunch consisting of hot dogs or shredded pork, fruit, chips, and a dessert.
The students competed in a drawing contest and drew their favorite farm animal or scene. The 2 winners each received a gift for their success. The students each received a bag with coloring books, erasers, pencils and various other activity books. On behalf of the Colonel Crawford FFA we would like to thank the 2nd graders and their teachers for participating. We also want to thank Nathan Rhodes for the use of the dairy cow, Andrea Cole and Riley Erwin for horses, the Soybean Council, Pork Producers, Beef Producers, Dairy Association, Corn Growers Association, and the Farm Bureau for their donations of various mementos that we gave the children.