Local Second Grader Wins Dairy Farm Field Trip
During school breakfast week earlier this month, we launched an essay contest at New Bridge School in Ogden, Utah. With the enthusiasm of the Utah Jazz Dancers, students were encouraged to eat breakfast and write about “How Eating Breakfast Helps me Play at the Top of My Game.” Each participating class celebrated a winner, but the school’s overall winner came from Mrs. Ambruster’s second grade class. Young Miss Gonzalez wrote about how breakfast helps her read so that she can understand what her books are about. She also expressed that the energy she gets from breakfast helps her take care of her little brother.
The Breakfast Connection:
Research shows that children who eat school breakfast are more likely to reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math, have better concentration, and maintain a healthy weight. Gonzalez’s comments captured the importance of school breakfast beautifully, and her winning essay earned her entire class a dairy farm field trip to Gibson’s Green Acres Farms in Ogden. At the farm, she and her classmates had the opportunity to learn about where dairy foods come from. New Bridge School Principal, Vincent Ardizzone feels that this has been a memorable experience for his students,
“It is through dancing and writing that our students learned the importance of breakfast,” he says. “This partnership has allowed our school to emphasize healthy habits and community involvement.”
Dairy Farm Field Trip
On the farm, students learned that Farmer Ron and his wife, Farmer Andrea, are 5th generation dairy farmers and that this farm as been in their family since 1869! Farmer Ron explained that each of his milk cows wear special necklaces that monitor their temperature, movement and milk production. These necklaces, kind of like “fit-bits,” allow Farmer Ron and his employees to track each individual cow 3-4 times per day to make sure she is healthy, feeling good, and producing good quality, nutritious milk. Students visited calves, learned about their “hutches” or individual houses, and checked out the pens where cows eat and sleep.
We rounded out the morning field trip with a special visit from Jazz Bear who brought some silliness to the farm. “One of our primary goals at Dairy Council is to share the dairy farmer story,” says Jenn Harrison, Dairy Council CEO. This farm tour was great opportunity to offer a fun, out-of-the-ordinary experience that provided young children with a much-needed connection between agriculture and good nutrition. We were thrilled to work with the Gibsons, the Jazz Organization and New Bridge School to make this happen.”