Sheep shearing, dairy products, tractors and, the stars of the show, the farm animals, were all seen by students of the local elementary schools.
The event, organized and run by the Patterson High School Future Farmers of America, showed the 400-500 elementary school third-graders what it was like to work on a farm.
“The (high school) kids completely organized it,” said Samantha Cahill Gilbert, Agriculture instructor and FFA coordinator at PHS said. “The (high school) kids have worked so hard on this, and the third-grade teachers have been awesome.”
Cahill said there were nine stations for different agricultural subjects like dairy management, tractors, farm animals and crops that were all proctored by FFA students.
“We have 35 high school kids completely in charge of running the entire operation,” she said.
Third-grade classes from Las Palmas Elementary, Walnut Grove Elementary, Apricot Valley Elementary and Northmead Elementary all took a look at nine different stations for about five minutes each. Each elementary school’s third-graders stayed on campus at the High School for about an hour before returning to their own campus.
The event ran throughout the day, ending in the afternoon around 2 p.m., Cahill said.
Patterson Sophomore Cerena Clifford said the third-graders were very interested in what the Ag Department had to teach them, namely what to do when you are with the animals.
“It’s nice to see the kids learn,” Clifford said Tuesday morning during the event. “Their questions are very interesting.”
Cahill, who was busy ringing a cowbell to let the students know when it was time to move to the next station, said she approached the FFA a year ago to put together an agricultural day for the third-graders.
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