By Hailey Andres
Students enrolled in Grand Ledge Public Schools’ Comet Camp saw a special experience—and a special treat—courtesy of visitors from Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB). A three-week summer day camp for students fresh out of preschool, kindergarten or first grade, Comet Camp challenges students’ reading and math skills within a different theme each week.
On Aug. 5, the theme was ice cream—perfect for volunteers from the state’s largest agriculture group.
To help commemorate the organization’s centennial, MFB’s Promotion and Education Program undertook a service project that included outfitting Comet Camp students. In June Farm Bureau volunteers packed 150 backpacks for program participants with a Michigan agriculture map, ruler, cow hat and an agriculturally related book.
Delivering the farm-friendly care packages Aug. 5, Farm Bureau staff also showed students how to make their own vanilla ice cream and explained how milk gets from the cow to the ice cream carton in the grocery store freezer.
For more information about MFB’s Promotion and Education efforts, visit https://www.michfb.com/MI/Promotion_and_Education.aspx.
Shiawassee County native Hailey Andres’ passion for agriculture grew through her involvement in FFA while attending high school in New Lothrop. She is starting her senior year at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she is studying graphic design and marketing. After graduating she plans to pursue a career in the agriculture industry.