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Students ditch textbooks, learn on a farm

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Some area students got the chance to ditch the classroom and spend some time learning real life lessons on the farm. It's something the students look forward to all year.

It's a day that starts with a jingle—a song about good old Wisconsin milk.

It's the beginning of a fun-filled day at Nicolet Farm, just north of Marshfield. That's where students from Spencer Elementary learned about agriculture hands on.

"This is an activity high school kids look forward to doing all year long and the little kids enjoy spending their day on the farm," Spencer agriculture teacher Mark Zimmerman said.

Spencer high students teach the younger children, having done this themselves years ago.

"It's interesting to be able to come out to a farm for a day and see what it's like out here and experience it first hand," Spencer high school student Ashley Stini said.

Third graders learned about farm safety—how to protect themselves from the sun and how to be careful around animals.

"You should never come up behind them because they can attack and kick you," Spencer third grader Savannah Wester said.

Later in the day, fourth graders learned about where food comes from, like the milk used to make the cheese curds they had for lunch. That milk came directly from this farm.

"You're seeing it and you have hands on," Wester said.

School leaders say days like this are important—leaving textbooks behind and learning farm work first hand. They say the event is in its 13th year.

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