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Cordele school celebrates farmers

By Jay Polk - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Farming in South Georgia is a very important industry. But many South Georgians have never been on a farm before.

Friday, one school tried - for the second time - to give its students a taste of what life on a farm is like.

Kayla Stephens is like a lot of kids in South Georgia. Ask her if she knows anyone who works on a farm and this is what she'll tell you:

"My daddy," said the first grader at J.S. Pate Elementary School in Cordele.

But for many other kids in our area, a farm is something that they might see out of the car window, but not in person.

"Some of these children have never touched goats, or a calf, or been close enough to see what a peacock looks like," according to Jill Gibbs, a teacher at Pate Elementary.

Friday, administrators tried to change that with their annual Farm Day celebration.

"We're bringing it to them," said Gibbs.

In order to do that, farmers from all around Crisp County came to the school to show off their animals and equipment. For them,  Farm Day was about giving the kids a different kind of education.

"To teach the kids - they know a good bit - but just to put their hands on farm equipment. To look at the old and the new. And just ask us whatever they want to ask us today," said William Culpepper, a farmer in Crisp County.

But like other parts of South Georgia, Cordele has felt the effects of the stormy Spring season.

The Farm Day at Pate Elementary was originally scheduled to take place on April 10th, but there was a problem.

Gibbs said, "we had some bad weather, so we didn't get to have it on that day."

The school itself actually closed due to the storms. And while the reaction of some of the students to the school's closing - and the postponement of Farm Day - was what you might expect, the reaction of others might surprise you.

"There were also some children that were very upset," Gibbs said.

But today, it was mainly blue skies...and a chance for the kids at this school to learn where the food that they enjoy every day comes from. So would little Kayla consider following in her father's footsteps and working the land?

"Yes," she said.

It looks like the future of agriculture in South Georgia is in good hands.

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