Agriculture rules the Nebraska world — and Kids Klub gained knowledge in a great way on Thursday, thanks to their Mega Day program.
Children from elementary schools in North Platte took a trip to Curtis in the morning, for a hands-on experience at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
“Kids Klub tries to expose the kids to as many different career paths as possible and agriculture is a huge part of the state’s economy,” said Melanie O’Brien, community liason for Kids Klub. “So, this was a very logical choice for us. The UNL extension office at NCTA reached out to us to do some programing and the first thing we thought was taking a field trip to the campus to expose the kids to the different areas they study and to see the animals.”
Almost 100 students, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, made the trip to Curtis. The children went to five different locations at NCTA to meet with professors and college students for activities and some question-and-answer sessions.
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Following an exciting morning of interaction with people and animals in Curtis, the students returned to North Platte to continue their Mega Day activities.
At Lincoln Elementary, Sarah Bomark, Lincoln County Farm Bureau president, helped lead several sessions that reinforced what the children have been learning.
“Agriculture is an important part of everyone’s life,” Bomark said in a press release. “Clothing, food, fuel, housing, medicine and much more are rooted in agriculture. It is our pleasure to come in and help the kids learn more about it and we hope to have many more opportunities to do so in the future.”
Throughout the afternoon, students at three stations learned about how to make butter, had the opportunity to touch and feel the texture of various seeds and took a fun quiz on various aspects of agriculture — including what animal hamburger comes from.
“This is our first opportunity to work with the [Lincoln County Farm Bureau] and they have volunteers coming in to do ag-related activities,” O’Brien said. “They will talk about agriculture, how plants grow, things that are appropriate for elementary-level kids.”