Students Get a Morning Moo
by Arlene Bury
January 15, 2014 • 297 views
Getting a morning moo! Students at Shirpser, Gidley and Rio Hondo were visited by the Mobile Dairy Classroom this week. During the 45 minute assembly Dairy Council instructor, Efrain Valenzuela, explained the anatomy of a cow, how milk goes from a cow to a kitchen refrigerator, agriculture technology and milk processing along with lots of new vocabulary. Valenzuela also touted the importance of healthy eating and getting 60 minutes of activity every day.
Four-year old, thousand pound “Milky Way” was the star of the show until Valenzuela introduced “Bull’s-eye” – a two-week old bull calf. Students oohed and aahed as Bull’s-eye was brought out and were thrilled when Valenzuela announced that they would all get the chance to pet the calf.
While waiting in line to pet Bull’s-eye, Rio Hondo first grader, Edgar, said he liked the cow and remembered the phrase, “Mammal mothers make milk.” Edgar went on to say that this was not the first cow he had ever seen but he said, “I liked this one the best.”
Cynthia Traino, Assistant Superintendent, and Virginia Chavez, Director of Instruction were on hand to watch the assembly at Rio Hondo. Both were happy to see the students engaged and learning – and both were eager to pet the calf, too.
Adults and students enjoyed the interactive and engaging Mobile Dairy Classroom assembly. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is funded by California dairy producers and processors and has been in existence since the 1930s.