SANGER, Calif. - The Dairy Council of California is teaching kids across the state about agriculture with their Farm to School program, known as the "Mobile Dairy Classroom". The program gives kids an up close experience about how the industry works from farm to table.
The mobile unit has been around for several years and travels to different schools throughout Southern and Central California.
This week is stopped by Centerville Elementary School in Sanger, Ca, to show a cow and calf to students from kindergarten to sixth grade.
"We go to one elementary school every day and just teach them a little more about where their nutrition, where their food comes from, how it gets into the stores and right into their cafeteria here at school," said Mishael McDougal, instructor for Mobile Dairy Classroom.
"The cow lives on the dairy farm with 300 other cows," McDougal.
McDougal said the mobile classroom is a chance to bring the field trip to the school instead of the other way around.
It's the first time Centerville said it's had a cow on campus and the staff says it's great to see the kids so engaged.
"Many of them have not seen a cow that close and definitely not touch a calf so there was some excitement about that and I'm really glad that they got that experience," said Pauline Liscano Gines, P.E teacher, Centerville Elementary.
The hourlong lecture ended with a chance to pet the calf and the students we spoke to said they enjoyed the unique experience.
"Fun and exciting because we get to see and learn about the cows," said Nautica Hill, student.
"My favorite part is petting the cow," said Reese Hernandez, student.
"It's really exciting to learn more about animals because in the future maybe you want to become a vet," said Shannelle Martinez, student.
For more information and to request a FREE visit from the Mobile Dairy Classroom, go to http://www.healthyeating.org/Schools/Mobile-Dairy-Classroom.aspx or
call (877) 324-7901.