Animals, apples and more at C-L’s Fall Harvest Day
By Evelyn Long –
Fall Harvest Day at the Cardington-Lincoln Elementary School brought many activities and events for the enjoyment of students in grades K-3.
The annual event included a visit by the Columbus Zoo, a demonstration on making cider by the school’s FFA chapter; a presentation on dairy production; and a program by agility dogs. The FFA Chapter also took the students on a hayride. There were also games and puzzles played by students.
The zoo brought a cheetah, an opossum, an Eagle Owl, an umbrella Cockatoo, a baby alligator and a snake that lives on the ground. This program was a great hit with the youngsters.
Lois Bennett, who grew up on a 250 acre dairy farm, explained the milking process and other dairy information as she exhibited some of the equipment that is used.
The FFA Chapter with Neil Swonger, adviser, processed apples into cider using a press that was donated several years ago by Don Lee and Jim Grooms.
The chapter also provided hay rides for the students. The wagons, provided by Jay Smith and Brian Barkley, were driven by Swonger, Carl Hardwick, Jr. and Mark Lemmon. Scott Hardwick, principal, accompanied the hay rides.
Agility dogs brought cheers from the students as they showed their skills.
Bringing their dogs were Frank Yang, Annie Wanzyk, Niki Ryan, Jan Branham, Sharon Sullivan and Katy Ratliff. The dog breeds included an Australian Shepherd, a Border Collie, a Jack Russell Terrier and a Corgi.
The Harvest Day was organized by a committee of teachers including Nicole Ramoneda, Cindi Huvler, Kathi Cochran, Marie Free, Katie Scohy, Erin Weaston and administrators Scott Hardwick and Marsha Levering.
Scohy said, “This would not have been possible without the help of the staff, presenters, parents and students.”
She said the students helped to raise money to bring the zoo to the school by participating in a coin drive and donating money to wear their pajamas to school. They are especially grateful to the local First Federal Bank for helping to count over $800 in coins that were raised in one day.