VVS students share sweet science with peers in other districts


VERONA — Initiatives for Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district FFA students to teach students in other schools and programs about maple production and processes were highlighted by the VVS school district.

The recent efforts included a VVS FFA trip to Camden Middle School. In addition, students in the Alternative Education Project Explore Program, Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation (CiTi) BOCES came to VVS High School.

• For the trip to Camden Middle School, Molly Adams and Peter Makarchuk taught a fifth-grade class about maple production and how the VVS FFA produces its student-made maple syrup.

Adams, who told students about maple leaf identification, also taught them how to grade maple syrup and gave them samples of VVS FFA student-made syrup to taste, said the district.

Makarchuk taught students about the VVS FFA’s maple production and about procedures the FFA follows in the woodlots and the sap house.

He told them about collection of sap and what happens to make the sap turn into syrup. He also taught students about some of the tools the VVS FFA uses, such as the precision tapper and the tubing tool, the district said.

• When CiTi BOCES came to VVS High School, they received a tour of the woodlot and maple sap house run by VVS FFA students.

Giving the tours were Makarchuk, Adams and Rachel Champney.

The tours included explanations of what happens when sap enters the sap house after the collection process, as well as what equipment and tools are used in the process of turning sap to syrup, said the district.

VVS FFA, a non-profit youth organization, has a mission of developing the potential of students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education, the district added.


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