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Ag students take animals to DHS preschool

Staff reports

It was a joint effort last week as young children learned about farm animals at Douglas High school.

The agricultural economics students at DHS organized a petting zoo with their FFA project animals for the preschool-aged kids in a tot program operated by home economics students.

According to ag teacher Crissy Moore, her students took the idea and ran with it.

“They were really excited,” she said. “They organized it themselves. They decided who was going to bring which animal and who was going to bring in the pens and set them up.”

Part of the project was to talk to the younger children about where their food comes from, she said, and help them learn about the agriculture industry.

The children were able to get up close to a lamb, calf, goat, a duck, bunnies, chicks and dogs.

Twenty-three toddlers are in the preschool program, which is operated by 44 students in home economics taught by Gail Wilcox.

Wilcox said the DHS students spend first semester learning about child development, especially the preschool age, and create lesson plans for the children who attend the preschool at DHS from 8 to 11 a.m. every other day.

The older students handle the bookkeeping and the snack preparation as well as lesson-planning.

“It’s awesome,” Wilcox said. “They do it all. As a teacher, I guess it’s the best of both worlds. I like big kids and the little kids. It’s a joy to see the interaction between the two.

“It’s great for both.”