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Smithfield Hog Production Division Sponsors 3rd Annual Pig Party


4th Grade Pig Party Proves to Be Another Huge Success!

Nearly 800 Duplin County Schools 4th graders recently participated in the 3rd annual Pig Party sponsored by Smithfield Foods. It was a truly wonderful learning experience for everyone and this year’s Pig Party proved to be another huge success! This annual event gave students the opportunity to learn about pig production, where food comes from and the importance of agriculture in our county.

"We are so appreciative of Smithfield Foods for providing this opportunity for our students, said Kristen Hall, Special Advisor for K-5 Curriculum Support and Digital Learning.  Our 4th graders not only learn about pork production and the importance of agriculture in our community, but are also given hands-on experiences some may not have had. Additionally, the students gain an awareness of the many career opportunities that are available in this industry which is an important component of our STEAMA: Pathways with Purpose commitment."

Students entering the Duplin County Events Center were given backpacks with various souvenirs and then directed to the front stage where they sat on bales of hay and watched a skit performed by the Smithfield staff. Following the skit students moved through various hands-on learning stations ranging from, veterinary care of animals, parts of a pig, understanding different cuts of meat, feed production, the birthing process-1st 4 weeks of life, biosecurity and barn design, utilizing a farm web to show the connection to foods, and Pork Bingo. Students also got an opportunity to hold baby pigs and see them interacting with their mothers. Following the conclusion of station activities Smithfield provided a hot dog lunch for students and staff before returning to school. 

Tarla Smith, Chief of Staff for Innovation, stated, "This event showcases the power of business/industry partnerships as we build together capacity for learning through impactful STEAMA experiences."

“We are very blessed to have a partnership with Smithfield Hog Production Division. The opportunities provided allows our students to see the importance of the agriculture industry in Duplin County and beyond. These opportunities, which align with our STEAMA vision, provide learning experiences and a knowledge base for students that may potentially create career pathways in the agriculture industry. On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank Smithfield Hog Production Division for this event and the many other opportunities they provide to our students and teachers,” said Dr. Austin Obasohan, Superintendent for Duplin County Schools.