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WI Dairy News: SAGES classes engage students


MADISON (WKOW) -- Some Wisconsin students are getting local and global perspective on the environment. Students at the School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies (SAGES) in Fox Lake are learning to preserve and sustain food sources and other natural resources.

Because the general population is getting further removed from agriculture, Fox Lake educators decided to do something about it and opened a school last fall that studies food production, animal care and environmental studies. The school focuses on a project based learning model which challenges students to answer a big question, and solve problems.

"They'll have to build a project to teach me what they learned," said Becky Panzer, a first grade teacher at SAGES. "They guide themselves through the learning process."

With this education model, students are more engaged in learning and seem to retain more of what they learn.

"The kids and staff together have made this, in my opinion, one of the best places to learn," Panzer said.

SAGES will complete their first year in May.

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