HARRISBURG, Pa. — Elementary teachers are encouraged to begin enrolling their classrooms in the ‘Adopt-A-Cow’ program. As part of the Discover Dairy lesson series, Adopt-A-Cow is a yearlong learning opportunity for youth in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.
The Adopt-A-Cow program engages classrooms throughout the school year with individual updates about their calf’s growth and care, while also learning about the broader dairy industry. Bi-monthly updates include an introductory kit with the calf’s name, birthday and home as well as how the farmer takes care of her. In addition, photographs of the calf, bookmarks, posters and activity sheets are included as well as ways to incorporate Discover Dairy lessons. At the end of the school year, classrooms have the option to video chat with the calf and her owner where they can ask questions.
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 Adopt-A-Cow program will close Nov. 1. There is limited space for the program at 125 classrooms. To enroll, visit discoverdairy.com.
Discover Dairy, managed by the Center Foundation, is an engaging, interactive, crosscurricular, multi-leveled educational series that meets Common CORE Standards for math, science and reading, while incorporating social studies concepts. The program shows upper elementary and middle school students where milk comes from and how dairy farmers contribute to our communities. Discover Dairy is provided at no cost to educators and others interested in teaching students more about dairy foods and farming.
— Center for Dairy Excellence