Dairy Educational Series Reaches More Than 5 Million Students

SYRACUSE, N.Y.  – Local dairy farmers worked with American Dairy Association North East to develop three free standards-based lesson plans about dairy farming and dairy foods to give teachers and students clear and factual information about modern dairy farming. Teachers across the region received the lessons in print and digitally – reaching more than five million students.

More than 125,000 teachers who reach 5.1 million students across ADA North East’s six-state region received the printed lesson plans. In addition, educators downloaded the electronic version of the lessons 33,612 times.

Geared toward elementary, middle and high school students, the lessons feature local dairy farmers and offer a personal approach to helping students make the connection between the food they eat and the farmers who produce it. Each plan included a teacher guide, student activity sheets, and a colorful classroom poster.

“As a dairy farmer and a teacher, I know how important it is to get accurate, science-based information into our classrooms so students can make a positive connection with how their food is produced,” said Johanna Bossard, whose farm was featured in the high school lessons, and who shared them with other teachers. “Hopefully, that will help them become lifelong milk drinkers and dairy supporters.”

Elementary school lesson, “Dairy Math,” was sent to 52,000 teachers in 10,500 schools. The lessons featured dairy farmers Marilyn Hershey of Ar-Joy Farm, Cochranville, Pa.; Kim Nelson of Kel Vista Holsteins, West Winfield, N.Y.; and the Kenny family, Kenny Farm, Enon Valley, Pa.

“Great connection to my farm-to-store unit; and integrated math skills, as well,” said Darla Kauffman, teacher at Greenwood Elementary School, Millerstown, Pa., who used the curriculum.

Middle school lesson, “Science on the Farm,” was provided to 52,500 teachers in 10,500 schools. The lessons featured dairy farmers from the Kurtz family of Kurtland Farm, Elverson, Pa.; the Lamb family of Oakfield Corners Dairy and Lamb Farms, Oakfield, N.Y.; and the Young family of Twin Birch Farms, Skaneateles, N.Y.

“Great eye-opener, especially for New York City children who rarely know where their food comes from, let alone how technology plays a role,” said Joveda Jones, middle school teacher at Manhattan Christian Academy, New York, N.Y., who incorporated the lessons.

High school lesson, “Farming for the Future,” was sent to 20,875 teachers in 4,175 schools. The lessons featured dairy farmers Bret Bossard of Barbland Dairy, Fabius, N.Y.; the Reinford family of Reinford Farms, Mifflintown, Pa.; and Caroline Zimmerman of Dry Creek Farm, Martinsburg, Pa. 

“Fits in great with topic of sustainability in my environmental classes,” said Erica Wisniewski, teacher at PA Northwestern Collegiate Academy, Erie, Pa., who used the lesson plans in her classes.

To view, download or share the lesson plans with teachers, visit AmericanDairy.com and click on “Educational Materials.” For more details on the program, contact Cara Itle at ctrotter@milk4u.org.


About American Dairy Association North East

American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing nearly 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com.