It would not be fall without pumpkins and so Mansfield school district students have been the orange squash to educational use.
Students have ventured to the district’s Ron Whitson Agricultural Science Center to visit the pumpkin patch, learn about buoyancy, circumference and more.
Students in the district’s special education program, Success, visited the center Oct. 20 and helped with the livestock while learning throughout the day. Their experience included shepherding the goats and sheep into their pens, retrieving eggs from the chicken coop and adding to the compost pile.
“We talk about those things in the classroom, but without seeing it in person it really doesn’t touch us,” Success teacher Jillian Hall said.
This is the second year the Success students have visited the ag center. Last spring the students planted pumpkin seeds and were delighted to see rows of pumpkins this fall. They each chose pumpkins from the patch and then used them in activities of measuring and predicting.
Some students said their favorite part was learning the difference between store-bought and fresh eggs. They cracked both open and listed the differences between the two including the color of the white eggs to the brown ones from the farm.
Keven Smith, agriculture and science teacher, said the experience is important for the children.
He said he asks the children if they’ve ever fallen out of a tree and many say no. He said that’s because children are not climbing trees. He also said learning about farming is important.
“We are so far removed today about where our food comes from,” he said.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770