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PAHS Ag Club members show Longview students where their food comes from

April 2, 2012

Two members of the Punxsutawney Area High School Ag Club — Shannon Carpenter (far left) and Ange Davis (far right) display a calf supplied by club advisor Chad Stiteler for their senior project about the dairy industry at an event held for students at Longview Elementary. Also pictured is Ag Club member Shainah Rugh (center). (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was a mooo-ving experience Friday as students at Longview Elementary School welcomed members of the Punxsutawney Area High School Ag Club for a senior project.

“The focus of our senior project was to teach elementary students at Longview about the diary industry,” said senior Shannon Carpenter, also a member of the Ag Club.

The goal of the project was to show the students how milk comes from cows.

“We made an iMovie for the students to show them how the cows are milked,” Carpenter said. Other Ag Club members also brought in homemade ice cream as an illustration of the dairy industry’s many products.

PAHS teacher and Ag Club advisor Chad Stiteler also supplied a calf for Longview students to see up close.

As part of the project, the Ag Club used visual aids to show the eight gallons of milk that a cow produces every day, Carpenter said. The club also displayed samples of the type of foods — such as corn, grain, oats grain silage and hay silage — that cows eat every day in order to produce milk.

Ag Club member Ange Davis also used the Longview event as her senior project.

“We wanted to teach the kids all about the cows and where ice cream comes from,” she said. “I’m a member of the Ag Club, but I’m not familiar with dairy farms and cows. It’s a learning experience for me as well.”

Another member, Shainah Rugh, said she shows cows at the Dayton Fair.
“I’m used to my young steers being spunky,” she said, adding that she has friends whose families own dairy farms, and it is always busy 24/7.
Stiteler said anytime one can promote agriculture in a good way, it helps the public to better understand the process.

“People are kind of distant from farms these days,” he said. “This not only gives the high school kids the opportunity to work with the younger kids and learn about it together, but it helps people to learn where their food comes from.”

Davis said students enjoyed their trip to the farm without having to leave the building.

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