Students in county participate in AG Day

| September 10, 2014

COSHOCTON – The annual AG Day for kids at the fairgrounds had a new feature this year and made learning about agriculture and animals fun not only for fourth graders, but for kindergarten students in Mrs. Beitzel’s class.

Through the use of Google Video Hangout, a live chat and video program, students in Beitzel’s class were able to experience all the exciting events available at AG Day.

“The goal is to get the kids out of the classroom through technology to see what’s going on,” said Kathy Bigrigg, math and science teacher at Conesville Elementary, “I’m taking them through a tour of where we are and then coming back outside so they can ask questions. Technology is huge in our school. Our principal, Mr. Moore encourages us to use technology.”

The kindergarten students agreed they can’t wait until they are in fourth grade so they can experience AG Day first-hand.

The Coshocton County Farm Bureau has been sponsoring AG Day for approximately eight years. Thirteen stations are set up throughout the fairgrounds and students rotate with their classmates every 15 minutes and learn about various aspects of farm life such as how to raise beef, hogs, poultry, sheep, and even bees, and also all about conservation, keeping a greenhouse and the local agriculture organizations in the community such as FFA and 4-H.

“I liked learning about photosynthesis and also about what FFA does,” said Kate Brady, a fourth grade student at Coshocton Elementary.

“We couldn’t have done this without the help of our three FFA chapters, River View, Ridgewood, and the Career Center,” said Kari Burkey, organization director for Coshocton, Knox, Licking, Morgan, and Muskingum Farm Bureau. “Our goal today is for the kids to hopefully learn where their food comes from and to put faces with the names of local community members who produce their food. We want them to understand that their food doesn’t just come from a grocery store. There’s a process it goes through before it gets there.”

The annual AG Day is held each year in September at the fairgrounds where fourth graders from all county schools are encouraged to participate.

Photos were taken by Mark Fortune

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