Food For America

Students from Wausau West High School left the classroom for some learning down on the farm. FFA members taught 4th graders a thing or two about where their food comes from Wednesday at their annual "Food For America" event.

The day on the farm teaches kids the importance of agriculture by getting them involved. Fourth graders got their hands dirty, learning farm skills like how to milk a cow, groom a horse and stay safe around farm equipment.

"A lot of kids today don't understand where their food comes from. It's more than just showing up at the store. This gives elementary school kids a chance to have interactive, fun, hands-on lessons where they're able to learn about these different things that impact your lives every day," Joe Staszak, Wausau East and West Agriculture Teacher, told NewsChannel 7.

The kids weren't the only ones learning. The student "Teachers for a Day" took away some important life lessons too.

"I've learned responsibility. Like I've had to prepare everything and make sure everything is okay. I have a big leader position right now, making sure everyone is in their place and responsible for what they need to be," Student FFA Advisor for Wausau West High School, Jennica Blaubach said about her role in the day's events.

Students had to prepare five minute lessons for each of the ten interactive learning stations set up across the farm. FFA Advisor Joe Staszak said Wednesday's event is not only a great opportunity for students to practice public speaking, but also for them to explore their different interests.

Wednesday marked day two of the "Food For America" program . On Monday students from Wausau East's FFA program hosted fourth graders from their area.


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