Picasso cow school program returns in SA, registration ends March 8

GET MOOVING: School-based program aims to get young students excited and informed about the Australian dairy industry. Photo: Supplied

GET MOOVING: School-based program aims to get young students excited and informed about the Australian dairy industry. Photo: Supplied

Picasso the cow and her unique program which for a decade has brought dairy topics to life in schools is back.

Her return has led Dairy Australia to urge primary schools to register for the program which includes receiving a life-size fibreglass cow to design, decorate and create as part of student learning.

Importantly, the program works to link dairy into school curriculum and educates students on food and fibre with topics to include farm to plate and health and nutritional benefits of dairy consumption.

The move further comes as a recent study promoted by Dairy Australian revealed one in four year six students believe yoghurt grows on trees.

The program welcomes schools to organise extra-curricular activities to complement their classroom learning, like farm excursions and factory visits, providing them with an even greater immersive learning experience.

Excitingly, participating schools who complete the program have the opportunity to win one of four dairy experiential prizes.

Awards will be presented for the best cow design, best learning journal, a sustainability award and the overall winner.

Dairy Australia's schools engagement advisor Jennie Annand said the program is a fun and interactive way to help South Australian students understand and engage with the dairy industry.

"Whether students just want to learn more about their favourite dairy products, or explore a career in agriculture, Picasso Cows has the tools to get them excited about dairy, and to release their inner Picasso at the same time!"

But hurry as registrations for the Term 2 Picasso Cows program are open now and will close on Monday, March 8.

Educators can register and learn more about the program by visiting the Discover Dairy online hub www.dairy.edu.au.

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