Students Get a Taste of Farm Life, History at Agricultural Expo

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Byline: Meta L. Levin Daily Herald Correspondent

Cheese, pepperoni pizzas to teach students importance of agriculture

Nearly 1,900 third- and fourth-grade youngsters from 15 Lake County schools are expected to participate in the Agriculture Expo under way at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.

The three-day event, sponsored by the Lake County Farm Bureau, is held every other year. It started Wednesday and runs through Friday.

This year's Expo, titled, "Pizza, the Fun Food," uses pizza to introduce the students to agriculture.

Woodland School fourth grader Michael Schultz looked at the combine, then looked at the door of Building One on the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.

"I didn't think it would get through the door," said Schultz, 10, of Gurnee.

Schultz was one of nearly 1,900 third and fourth grade youngsters from 15 Lake County schools expected to participate in the bi-annual Agriculture Expo, sponsored by the Lake County Farm Bureau.

The three-day event started Wednesday and ends Friday.

This year's Expo, titled, "Pizza, the Fun Food," for the most part used pizza to introduce the students to the various aspects of agriculture in Lake County, including growing the crops and raising animals.

Some, like Schultz and his classmate Susie Broach, 9, of Gurnee had been introduced to some of the material in their classrooms.

"We teach Illinois history and there is a farming unit in that," said Marilyn Graves, a fourth grade teacher at Woodland. "There is a emphasis on Lake County. …