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The first ever World School Milk Day was held in 2000 and it has since become an annual event. Every last Wednesday in September, over 30 countries - regardless of whether they are large or small, rich or poor - celebrate World School Milk Day, demonstrating that the interest in school milk is universal.
Organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) World School Milk Day is an "open" day - people are free to celebrate how they wish. Celebrations can be at any level - from individual schools through to regional or national events. Some countries have started in a small way and have organised bigger celebrations with each passing year and you can read about some of the previous celebrations here
What can schools do to celebrate?
Lesson ideas – celebrate by incorporating some fun lesson ideas and activities into your classroom curriculum on how milk is produced and help children of all ages Discover Dairy for themselves. We’ve lots of resources to help with this so take a look here
Run a competition in your art class for the best drawing of a 'dairy cow' and make it into a poster to place around the school. Send us your winning poster and we’ll share it on Twitter and Facebook
Contact your local dairy farmer and ask if they can come and talk to the children about dairy farming, or better still, arrange to go and visit the farm with the children. See what Adam Henson has to say about making the most of your farm visit or check out the Visit My Farm website to hear from teachers first-hand about their farm visits
Write a song or poem that has a dairy cow/milk theme and perform it to the class
Link to the Thisisdairyfarming.com videos or our Everyday Things animation so children can discover how dairy farming touches our everyday lives
For nutritional advice on the benefits of drinking milk as part of children’s healthy balanced diet please contact The Dairy Council
There are a hundred and one things to do to help celebrate World School Milk Day and we would love to see and hear how you celebrate yours so let us know through our twitter feed @thisisdairy or via Facebook and we’ll share your images through our social hub for everyone to enjoy.
Just include our hashtag #DiscoverDairy in your tweets and we will look out for them!