• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Miss Kentucky, Huntertown students make ice cream

MISS KENTUCKY 2017 Molly Matney, left, helped Brandy Graves, coordinator of the Kentucky Mobile Science Activity Center, give students step-by-step instructions on how to make ice cream with everyday ingredients, including milk and sugar. Fourth-graders Natalie Johnson and Will Hamilton are also pictured. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Students at Huntertown Elementary were treated to homemade ice cream, and got to meet Miss Kentucky 2017 Molly Matney, when the Kentucky Agriculture Department's Mobile Science Activity Center came to their school last Friday, Sept. 29. Matney, who grew up on a family cattle farm in Metcalf County, described working for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and visiting schools to help educate students about where their food comes from as "the best part of being Miss Kentucky - just seeing the kids and seeing how excited they get ... and hearing the questions they ask. It's my favorite part, definitely." The 20-year-old Miss Kentucky said it was also a lot of fun being surrounded by fourth-graders while eating homemade ice cream. "It was so good," she said. "...I almost ate the whole bag... "I'm going to make some when I get home," added Matney. The Mobile Science Activity Center offers six different science activities. Each activity makes "a connection between the agricultural sources to commonly used products," according to KDA's Mobile Science Center web page. Huntertown's students combined milk, sugar and other ingredients in plastic bags before getting buckets filled with ice and salt to make homemade vanilla or chocolate ice cream. After watching students shacking buckets of ice - again and again and again and again - to make ice cream, Huntertown teacher Teresa Currens described the Mobile Science Center as an opportunity for students to have a hands-on learning experience outside of the classroom. "They remember (the science) when they actually get to do it," she said. Before measuring and combining ingredients to make ice cream, Mobile Science Activity Center coordinator Brandy Graves reminded Huntertown students that milk may be purchased at a grocery store, but it's produced by dairy cows on farms in Kentucky and elsewhere. Earlier in the week, Matney said she traveled to Hickman County to help educate students about where their food comes from. "Especially in more urban areas in Kentucky," she said, "a lot of kids don't really know about agriculture and the opportunities that are within the industry" - or where their food comes from. Not at Huntertown. "They knew the right answers," said Matney. The Woodford County Conservation District provided funding for the Mobile Science Activity Center to visit Woodford County schools, Currens said.

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