HOLTVILLE — Third-grade students from Finley Elementary School had the opportunity to spend their morning learning about animals, dairy and agriculture during Ag Awareness Day at Holtville High School on Friday.
Organized by the high school’s Future Farmers of America chapter, the event is meant to educate the younger students on the importance of agriculture in their town, county and state.
Kevin Robles said his favorite part of the day came when he had the opportunity to make butter.
“We just put cream into a little cup and started shaking it,” said Kevin, an 8-year-old third-grader. “It tastes like the butter I have at home.”
In addition to making butter, students had the opportunity to climb tractors, pet various farm animals and plant seeds.
Lesly Santos said she was looking forward to petting the rabbits and baby goats.
“I like animals so I want to pet them all,” Lesly, an 8-year-old third-grader said. “I had fun (Friday). I liked all the things we did.”
FFA chapter Vice President Alyssa Palma said she enjoyed getting together with her fellow officers to come up with fun activities for the younger students.
“We wanted to do things that would inspire them to maybe join FFA someday,” Alyssa, a 17-year-old senior said. “Some of the officers are giving them a presentation on the history of ag in the Valley. It’s just a great way to teach them about where they come from and where their food comes from.”
Friday’s event was the FFA chapter’s fourth event in four years.
“It’s a great experience for everyone because the younger students get to learn and the FFA students get to practice their leadership and public speaking skills,” said Maria Rangel Cozens, FFA adviser. “This is something that we definitely want to continue.”
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