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A Trip to the Dairy

Ashtyn Histed,   Galeton Elementary School
Community Involvement,  Student Leadership

For our Healthy Eating Play we decided to take the whole school to tour the local Galeton Dairy. We needed a new milk cooler in the kitchen, so the team decided the field trip to the dairy would tie in perfectly. We also have many students whose parents work on the dairy, so it was a great way to see what their family members do every day. I personally have grown up around farms my whole life, but have never really gotten to experience a dairy farm. The dairy tour was a blast and very educational for not only the students, but for me! On the day of the field trip, the students and I first got to see the calves, pet them and hear about how they are gradually weened to bigger and bigger pens until they are able to stay in the large pens as adults. Then we were taken to the milking barn where the students got to watch the process of how all the adult cows are milked. This was probably everyone’s favorite part because the process is specific and refined for speed and quality. Galeton Dairy puts out three to four truckloads of 72,000 pounds of milk a day and to see the perfected process was mind blowing. I loved watching the cows, incredible creatures of habit, push their way into the barn to get the stalls they wanted. Apparently they even try to stand next to their friends to be milked! The next part of the tour was milk, cookies, and questions in the break room where the students could watch the milking from above. The student team is going to research how milk is processed next and present to their classmates on what happens after the milk leaves a dairy like this one. All in all, the field trip was a success and I am so thankful for Fuel Up to Play 60 and the impact the program is making in our students' lives.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

After the field trip the student team put together a presentation about what happens to the milk after it is taken from the dairy. That way their classmates were able to understand how the raw milk we saw at the dairy is processed and comes out in the form they drink at school.