Every year, Big Sandy Creek Dairy Farm in Madison hosts a group of special needs students from Morgan County. According to their teacher Noelle Brownlee, it is one of the highlights of the year for her students.
“Every Fall they let us come to the farm and they cater to our kids,” said Brownlee. The farm is owned by John and Julie Benkoski and the couple hosted 29 special needs students on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Students were treated to a fun-filled, educational day on the farm.
The day included a cow-milking demonstration, a butter-churning lesson, a book reading, and a good old-fashioned hayride. Students were even allowed to pet a baby cow and a large milking cow. The students were also given pizza, ice cream and their own personal pumpkin to take home.
“We are so grateful that our kids get to come and do this every year,” said Brownlee. “It means so much for them to come out here, get outside and explore.”
John and Julie Benkoski now run the family farm that was first established in 1947 by John Benkoski, Sr. Julie is also a special education teacher, and regularly utilizes the farm to host special needs children. To learn more about the farm, follow the Facebook page at Big Sandy Creek Dairy.