Moooving Toward Healthier Schools: Dairy Cow Visits Students as Part of Cultural Wellness Program
Rainbow, a 1,700-pound Holstein cow, visited West New York’s Public School No. 3 with her dairy farmer Phyllis Semanchik, to promote a healthy, calcium-rich diet. In addition to the nutrition lesson, students also learned about life on the farm, including how to milk a cow, and what color Rainbow's skin is.
The event was coordinated by the school district’s food services director, Sal Valenza, and its executive chef, Kim Gray, through a partnership with American Dairy Association and Dairy Council. Valenza and Gray have spent the past few years revolutionizing the food practices in West New York’s public schools. Merging policy and education, they have attempted to form an interactive and nutritional food services curriculum centered on events like Rainbow’s visit.
Photo by Dean DeChiaro