San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo all about education

Education the foundation

Author: John Honore, Meteorologist, jhonore@ksat.com
Published On: Feb 13 2013 04:18:08 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 13 2013 04:29:13 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

Courtney Williams' Kate Schenck Elementary School kindergarten class took a field trip to the Stock Show & Rodeo on Wednesday.

It may have seemed like a trip to a foreign land for some of her students.

"They're inner-city kids. They never get to see cows, chickens, sheep. Things like that," Williams said.

There is a lot to see and do at the stock show.

So it may come as a surprise to learn what the kindergartners found  the most appealing.

"Definitely the live animals. They love ... to see the snakes. They love that big turtle," Williams said.

When asked what ere favorite part of the stock show was, Schenck kindergartner Athena Lister said, "The pigs. We get to pet them."

For many of Williams' students, the visit is an opportunity to learn where there food comes from.

"They really don't understand where it comes from. They think its just at HEB or Walmart. ... They really don't understand that we get milk from cows. We get yogurt, ice cream, bacon (from animals featured in the stock show)," Williams said.

Whether it's showing elementary school kids what farming is all about, or raising millions of dollars for scholarships for high school students seeking careers in agriculture, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is all about emphasizing  the important role agriculture plays in the lives of Texans.