User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


61° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Education

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Rosa Parks Students Meet Their Adopted Farmer

March 6, 2012, 5:03 PM by Nicole Winters

Rosa Parks Students Meet Their Adopted Farmer
BRANDON, SD -

Most fourth graders know that milk comes from cows; however, many have never actually seen how the process works.

Fourth graders at Rosa Parks Elementary School have been watching videos from a South Dakota farmer they adopted. On Tuesday, they not only got to meet her, but they also got an up-close look at where the milk in their milk carton comes from.

On any other day, these kids would be just 4th grade students, but Tuesday, they're dressing to take on a dirty job.

"We’re going to see how the milk gets processed and all that," Rosa Parks 4th Grader Morgan Wieker said.

They're at a dairy farm for an up-close look at where milk comes from and to meet the farmer they've been corresponding with.

"I tell them every month something about my farm; I show them something through video," Olga Reuvekamp said.

Reuvekamp has a large dairy operation in Brookings, but Tuesday, she's borrowing the Ode farm in Brandon to give the kids hands on lesson.

"He milks the cows three times a day," Reuvekamp said.

From where the machines are prepped to where the cows are milked to the smell that comes along with the farm.

"It’s very stinky," Kaden Nelson said.

The kids are getting the whole experience.

"The kids were just super excited about meeting Olga and seeing the farm through their own eyes and not just the TV," Stephanie Jones said.

Teachers say it's important for kids to not only see that milk carton in school, but to also see the cows, what they eat, how they're milked and how milk gets into that carton.

"Most of our kids actually have never been on a farm and are experiencing some really interesting things they probably wouldn't experience in their life," Jones said.

The lesson is part of their science standards, a lesson Reuvekamp hopes they take home.

"I think it's really cool to see the cows and see what they do in the machinery," Nelson said.

"I hope they learned where their food comes from, where the milk comes from and how passionate we are about it.  And how safe our products are, and that's what they get out of it.  And that it's fun to be a farmer and it's good to be a cow at our farm," Reuvekamp said.

The Rosa Parks fourth graders speak Spanish for about 15 minutes each day. Reuvekamp incorporated Spanish into some of her video lessons through some of her workers.

The farm visit was put together by Ag United of South Dakota.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored
 

View education

You may also like

Hank Bayne Hangs Up His Badge

5/18/2015 5:08 PM

One of the first school resource officers in Sioux Falls is hanging up his badge. Hank Bayne is retiring after 32 years in law enforcement.  Most...

Full Story | Watch
Cherry Lake Reserve Remains in SF School Dist.

5/19/2015 9:45 PM

The Cherry Lake Reserve development will stay in the Sioux Falls School District. 

Full Story
Mark Twain Mementos Limited

5/18/2015 6:08 PM

Those who are attached to the school are hoping to have the chance to grab a few items for sentimental value.

Full Story | Watch
SDSU Professor To Get Governor's Agriculture Award In July

5/21/2015 6:33 AM

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that Thaler will be awarded the 2015 Governor's Ag Ambassador award that day at the...

Full Story
New Technical Center Set To Open In Aberdeen In The Fall

5/19/2015 11:32 AM

A new regional career and technical education facility in Aberdeen is scheduled to open in the fall.

Full Story


Events