2017-08-13 / Community View

Area students get hands-on lessons at Ed-Tech’s animal science camp

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Barn Manager Roslyn Owen shows off one of the facility’s piglets to the young day-campers attending the Animal Science program. 
PhotosbyNicholas Pugliese Barn Manager Roslyn Owen shows off one of the facility’s piglets to the young day-campers attending the Animal Science program. PhotosbyNicholas Pugliese ATTICA TWP. — At first, the students attending the Lapeer Education and Technology Center (Ed-Tech)’s Animal Science Summer Camp on Monday — kindergarteners through third-grader students — were “scared” of the large barnyard animals housed at the facility on school grounds. But by the end of the camp, each young student was chomping at the bit to interact with the gentle giants under the tutelage of FFA instructor Tammy Hyatt.

“We learned how to muzzle with gauss on dogs and cats and we did 3D puzzles of pig anatomy and we got to walk sheep around,” said 9-year-old Sidney Ball of Chatfield School excitedly. “And we learned about how to use tools they (veterinarians) use and how to halter and how to tie a quick-release knot.”


Tucker Lane, 8, of Mayfield Elementary School, Chatfield School’s 6-year-old Ella Turnpaugh and North Branch Elementary student Jacob Martin, 9, work on crafting corsages in the Horticulture Camp. Tucker Lane, 8, of Mayfield Elementary School, Chatfield School’s 6-year-old Ella Turnpaugh and North Branch Elementary student Jacob Martin, 9, work on crafting corsages in the Horticulture Camp. Ball was among the handful of campers working with Hyatt and barn manager Roslyn Owen to learn the ins and outs of animal science and livestock care.

According to Hyatt, the “short attention spans” of the young day-campers was a challenge, but the value the kids get being exposed to animal sciences at such an age cannot be overstated. “You have to be on your toes. They’re always on to the next thing, and they were intimidated a bit by the large animals,” she said. “But the more you can give them the knowledge, you can ignite that spark of interest in animal science, and the more they’ll thirst for it.”


Lapeer County Education and Technology Center FFA instructor Tammy Hyatt demonstrates the proper way to halter a sheep for 7-year-old Amarah Eddy of Davison. Lapeer County Education and Technology Center FFA instructor Tammy Hyatt demonstrates the proper way to halter a sheep for 7-year-old Amarah Eddy of Davison. The Animal Science Camp is paired with another camp — Horticulture — and the two operate concurrently. The Horticulture Camp, taught by Lapeer County Intermediate School District (LCISD) paraprofessional Debbie Thompson, was open to students of fourth to sixth grade, and attendees learned the art of floral arrangement, corsage-making and other plant-related skills.

Two camps remain on the schedule for the LCISD Summer Camp series at Ed-Tech. From Aug. 14-17, seventh to ninth-grade students will join Hyatt for an advanced course on veterinary science, learning through dissection about disease and parasites that plague animals and will take a field trip to a local college to learn more about the veterinary profession.


Overcoming their fear of large animals, students like North Branch Elementary’s Jacob Doherty, 6, and 7-year-old Lucy Gump got up close and personal with the FFA’s livestock. Overcoming their fear of large animals, students like North Branch Elementary’s Jacob Doherty, 6, and 7-year-old Lucy Gump got up close and personal with the FFA’s livestock. To round out the LCISD Camp docket, sixth-to-eighth-grade students will have the opportunity to attend “Cookies, Cakes & Pies, Oh My!”, a baking course in which they’ll show off their creativity with baked goods as their canvas, all the while learning about kitchen safety, sanitation and specific baking techniques.



Sidney Ball, 9, of Chatfield School in Lapeer and six-yearold Riley Rekowski of Weston Elementary in Imlay City receive some hands-on learning with the farm animals in the FFA facility at the Lapeer Education and Technology Center in Attica Township. Sidney Ball, 9, of Chatfield School in Lapeer and six-yearold Riley Rekowski of Weston Elementary in Imlay City receive some hands-on learning with the farm animals in the FFA facility at the Lapeer Education and Technology Center in Attica Township.

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