Manning students get a moove on
MANNING Primary School was one of 19 schools in WA to welcome their own lifesized fibreglass animal as the Picasso Cow program kicked off for its eighth year.
Twenty bovine beauties were delivered to the participating schools, along with paint and brushes to help the students learn where their food comes from, the health benefits of dairy and the importance of the Australian dairy industry.
The students have 12 weeks to decorate their cow in one of three themes: unbeatable bones, fuel for life or farm to plate.
The curriculum-linked program has the students complete learning journals from start to finish.
Dairy Australia project manager Emily Barnes said the program was a big task but worth the effort from an education and nutritional perspective.
“Two in three Australian children over the age of two are not meeting the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommendations for the dairy food group,” she said.
“Our curriculum-linked Picasso Cows program uses creativity to bring dairy into the classroom, helping teachers and students learn about the dairy industry itself as well as the essential nutrients... that milk, cheese and yoghurt provide.”