Carver Elementary Get Ag-Aware

MOUNT OLIVE- Carver Elementary School third graders were treated to an Ag Awareness Day at the University of Mount Olive today.  The event was sponsored, planned, organized and carried out by the Collegiate FFA members from the University.  The event featured twelve different agricultural stations including forestry, pork production by Murphy Brown , Got to be NC, Wildlife Sensory Safari, a fire truck, and much more.  Students had the chance to shake hands and dance with various fruit and vegetable characters, milk a simulated cow, and ride in a pickle train, made by UMO Ag education major Ryan Berglund and other CFFA members.  After lunch students were treated to an informative presentation and magic show dubbed “AgriCadabra.”

Vickie Tillman, one Carver Elementary School third grade teacher, said, “This has been an amazing event for our students.  Everything is so organized and teacher friendly.  The educational stations are very informative and our students have had a great time.  We are so appreciative to the CFFA at the University of Mount Olive for inviting us to this event.”

Third grader Maggie Clifford said, “The best part was milking the cow.”

CFFA President David Thomas said: “This event was a team effort and we really appreciate all the sponsors and vendors for coming to help out. We are hoping to make this an annual event and to possibly grow the numbers we invite in the future. Anything we can do to increase youth awareness of agriculture is important to what we do in CFFA and as agriculturalists.”

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