Whitehouse children learn benefits of milk

Published on Thursday, 1 August 2013 23:16 - Written by By Kelly Gooch kgooch@tylerpaper.com

WHITEHOUSE — They’ve likely seen it on grocery store shelves and at school, but on Thursday, children saw it come straight from the source.

Nearly 70 children gathered at the Whitehouse Community Library, where they viewed a cow being milked and learned about the liquid and the health benefits it offers. The children shouted, “Milk!” as they watched the liquid go from the cow into a container.

It was all part of the Mobile Dairy Classroom, a program through the Southwest Dairy Farmers.

Mobile Dairy Classroom instructor Aaron Sanders introduced the dairy cow, “Diamond,” telling the children, “Her job is to make milk.”

“She has to eat and drink to make milk,” he said, adding that the cow makes about four gallons per day.

He also explained the method of making milk, which includes farmers and processing, and pointed out milk nutrients such as calcium, along with the amount of dairy servings people should get each day.

The Mobile Dairy Classroom was one of the latest programs at the library.

Library board president Audra Morrison said the summer program organizer wanted to have numerous interests for children and things for them to see.

And she said the Mobile Dairy Classroom was thought to be something that children likely hadn’t been exposed to.

“Half of them, even when they arrived, thought that chocolate milk came from a chocolate cow…” Ms. Morrison said. “He (Sanders) did a great job of explaining some of the nutrition and things that they need and where things actually come from … So if they can learn a little bit more and have that bit of interest … they’re able to go back and share it because interaction is really how they’re going to learn and remember.”

Amy Voigt, 11, said she learned new things about milk while 11-year-old Tristan Adcock said his favorite thing was seeing the milking of the cow.

According to the Southwest Dairy Farmers website, Mobile Dairy Classroom presentations can be scheduled for various places such as schools and fairs.

Sanders said his presentation for schools is longer than the one he did Thursday in Whitehouse.

For more information, visit www.southwestdairyfarmers.com .