Zoey Brooks, Wisconsin's 67th Alice in Dairyland, will visit Elm Lawn and Sauk Trail later this month to lead the interactive "Mapping Out a Healthy Wisconsin" classroom lessons with fourth-graders.
Brooks will be at Sauk Trail on Jan. 29 and Elm Lawn on Jan. 29 and 30. Each lesson is expected to take about an hour. She will visit nearly 20 Dane County elementary schools between Jan. 23-30.
"Mapping Out a Healthy Wisconsin" was developed by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) and the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The lively trivia game format highlights the impact of agriculture on the state's economy and quizzes students on 16 healthy food choices grown or produced in Wisconsin.
"We are enthusiastic about this proven educational program," said Laura Wilford, director of Wisconsin Dairy Council (WDC). " 'Mapping Out a Healthy Wisconsin' is a fun, action-packed fourth-grade classroom presentation. It's structured to complement the basic grade level Wisconsin curriculum and to expand students' knowledge about agriculture and nutrition."
"Mapping Out a Healthy Wisconsin" challenges students' mathematical skills by teaching, for example, that the state's dairy business generates $43.4 billion in annual economic activity and the dairy industry produces more than 600 varieties, types and styles of Wisconsin cheese. In addition, students learn the health benefits of many of their favorite farm products such as milk, cranberries, potatoes and green beans.
Brooks, a native of Waupaca who grew up on her family's dairy and grain farm, graduated from UW-Madison in 2014 with a degree in animal science. Alice in Dairyland is a one-year, full-time public relations position employed by the DATCP. Brooks will travel more than 40,000 miles thoughout the state this year.
The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, a non-profit organization funded by the dairy farmers of Wisconsin, promotes the consumption of milk and other dairy products. Wisconsin Dairy Council is the nutrition education department of WMMB.