WAUSAU (WAOW) -- FFA members in Wausau recently hosted fourth grade students at a local farm. It's all part of an annual program called "Food for America." It was an opportunity for kids to get hands-on education that they may not have otherwise. Wausau FFA President Emily Stubbe says "They learn about different agricultural things that Wisconsin is really well known for, like forestry, the machinery, livestock, and small animals... just to name a few of them."
Students rotated around to ten stations. They spent time learning how to properly care for horses, how to give medication to cattle, and how to avoid injury. Stubbe says "We have a little station that shows what will happen if you get to close, your clothes get stuck in the machinery or something like that could happen."
F-F-A students thrived in their role as teachers, keeping the fourth graders captivated throughout. Stubbe says "Even if they do live in the country, some of them don't see the horses, or they don't see the pigs and other animals that we have here."
So what did students gain from this experience? Lincoln Elementary School student Carra Ward says "I learned that when you are around llamas, if you try to pet them, they spit on you."
Great planning and even better follow-through makes the Wausau F-F-A Wake Up Wisconsin's Class of the Week.
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