WHAT: 10th annual Pizza Perfect – agricultural education event hosted by the Grand River Agricultural Society (owner/operator of Grand River Raceway)
WHEN: March 30 & 31
WHERE: Paddock Building at Grand River Raceway in Elora
WHO: 800 Grade 3 students (400/day) from 18 schools across four school boards
WHY: This hands-on field trip is an ag-education program themed around ag products required to build a pizza.
Throughout the day, kids explore 20 different stations hosted by ag producers, and enjoy pizza for lunch.
For immediate release
March 22, 2016
10th annual Pizza Perfect kids’ event next week at Grand River Raceway
ELORA, ON — Over the course of two days next week, nearly 800 Grade 3 students will delve into the unique Pizza Perfect event at Grand River Raceway. The local youngsters will spend the field trip in a hands-on agricultural education program themed after the favored pie.
The 10th annual event happens on March 30 and March 31 in the race paddock at Grand River Raceway. The students are bused in from 18 local schools across four school boards in the Waterloo-Wellington area.
More than 8,000 local students have benefitted from this program since its inception at the Elora racetrack in 2006.
Pizza Perfect is a one-day program designed specifically for Grade 3 students. The event is themed after pizza, which typically represents all four food groups identified by Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. The agriculture-awareness program involves a comprehensive study of related agriculture, nutrition, food processing, economics, mathematics, science, arts and language, and agricultural careers. Halfway through the full-day program, pizza is served for lunch.
Pizza Perfect explores these subject areas with complete interactivity, featuring dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs and piglets. Hands-on activities and live demonstrations include milking a cow, making cheese and sausages, and transplanting seedlings.
Hosted by the Grand River Agricultural Society (owner/operator of Grand River Raceway), Pizza Perfect is made possible with the help of more than 85 volunteers and representatives from over 30 agricultural producer’s groups, associations and suppliers.
The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to OMAFRA. The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community.
- Educational video (4:02) and promotional video (1:20) about the Pizza Perfect program, produced by Grand River Raceway.
- Photo gallery of past events.
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Past event photos: (Iron Horse Photo)
PP_01_planting: Grade three students learn about tomato plants prior to preparing their own take-home seedlings.
PP_02_pigs: Grade three students from Westminster Woods Public School in Guelph learn about farming pigs.
PP_03_calf: Grade 3 students from the Canadian Martyrs Catholic School in Kitchener meet Eve, a calf from Arnverdale Holsteins of Fergus.
FFI: Dorothy Key, Administrator
Grand River Agricultural Society
Mgr. Marketing & Communications
Grand River Raceway
Office: (519) 846-5455 ext. 238