Kids Learn about the Importance of Drinking Milk

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- Spotswood Elementary School students got an up close and personal lesson on the origins of milk. Valley dairy farmers brought a cow and a calf for show and tell. Kids learned that milk and milk products have a good balance of calcium, protein and other essential vitamins.

"Those are the things a child needs. It gives you good bone strength as you grow older, it increases you immunities to a lot of things you're going to have to deal with in life," said Daniel Holsinder, a dairy farmer from Waynesboro.

Harrisonburg City Schools offer milk with their school lunches, but it is not always the first choice.

"We're always looking for ways to promote milk consumption during breakfast and lunch for our students," said Andrea Early, nutrition director for Harrisonburg City Schools.

Riley Reich is a fourth grader who learned a lot about the benefits of milk.

"It's good for you. It makes you grow taller. And now that we know cows make it, people should be glad that we have cows."

Virginia Dairy Princess Molly Elgin knows how hard it can be to get your three servings a day.

"At home, there might not be the access to fresh milk, the cheese, the yogurt, or even the ice cream,” said Elgin. “So, school is an awesome place. It's one of the beverages there, that is always there.”

Miss Virginia Rosemary Willis also visited with the kids to set an example.

"Just to get them excited about it,” said Willis. “I think that when they see someone they look up to drinking it, and tells them how healthy it is for them, they're more likely to do it themselves."

On World School Milk Day, everyone enjoyed their whole, chocolate and skim.

The first World School Milk Day was celebrated in 2000 and today, more than 40 countries participate.

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