FRANKLIN, Ind. — Although it wasn’t a typical classroom setting, Jenna Kelsay, a sophomore at Whiteland Community High School, went outside of the chalkboard walls to teach dozens of fourth-grade students in Johnson County about dairy cattle and the agriculture industry in general.
Kelsay, who grew up on Kelsay Dairy Farms in Whiteland, has been around dairy cattle and the industry since before she could walk, and one of her biggest passions is teaching others about the industry she loves.
“Agriculture is important because not a lot of people understand it, especially the younger kids,” said Kelsay, who added she likes participating in events such as the Fourth Grade Agriculture Days because she can help teach children about agriculture and the dairy industry in a way they will understand.
Kelsay, who attended the agriculture days event herself when she was in elementary school, said that even though she loved attending and seeing everything when she was younger, she thoroughly enjoyed being able to serve as a presenter and show students her family’s young Jersey dairy calf Ruby, which was born June 1.
Although her family no longer raises hundreds of dairy cattle, Kelsay said she and her siblings, along with her aunt, uncle and nephew still raise dairy show animals.
“We still have dairy animals on the farm so the kids can have something for 4-H,” said Liz Kelsay, who is Jenna’s aunt and a member of Kelsay Farms.