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first_img“The kids are so excited,” said Principal Raquel Gasporra. The traveling school program, which costs host schools nothing, tries to bring a little bit of farm life to urban schools, said Kimberly Lopez, an instructor who works for the Dairy Council. The program has been around since the since the 1930s, teaching generations of schoolchildren about cows, their anatomy and agricultural technology, Lopez said. “I still have parents and teachers who come up to me and say they remember when we came to their school,” she said. “A lot of times, the kids have never seen a cow before, so it’s something they’ll always remember.” Lopez highlighted vocabulary words like “udder,” “calf,” and “pasteurize” during a series of assemblies at Orange Grove, which has about 430 students. She talked to the youngsters about how cows eat, how their bodies work and what takes place on a dairy farm and processing plant. • Photo Gallery: Mobile Dairy ClassroomWEST WHITTIER – A, B, C, … mooo! City kids at a West Whittier school were taken aback Wednesday when their teachers momentarily put aside computers and textbooks so they could focus their full attention on Annie, the cow, and Bella, the calf. The Dairy Council of California brought its mobile dairy classroom to Orange Grove Elementary School, where children got up close and personal with animals many had never seen “live” before. Annie easily kept the children’s attention, while each student was allowed to pet Bella briefly before heading back to class. “I didn’t know cows had hip bones, or that they eat grass and hay all day,” said second-grader Erick Marin, 8. “It was a good program because I learned a lot of new things.” Erick’s teacher, Claudia Herrera, said the mobile dairy classroom fit neatly into her curriculum; Her class recently completed a unit on animals. “This was a really good opportunity for the kids to actually get to experience what it’s like to be near a live animal,” Herrera said. “Now we can go back and tie this experience in to what we’ve already learned.” For more information on the mobile dairy classroom, visit, or call (877) 324-7901. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more