Students learn about maple syrup

Students learn how syrup gets from tap to table
Posted on 10/16/2019
Students got a taste of how syrup gets from tap to table courtesy of the NYS Maple Producers’ Association’s Maple Experience. The traveling exhibit visited Woodrow Wilson and Horace Mann Elementary Schools as part of its ongoing tour around the state. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, who helped organize the visit, secured funding in this year’s state budget for the Association to purchase the new mobile unit and expand statewide educational outreach.
“Some of these students may have tried real maple syrup, but few have seen firsthand how it’s made,” said Lupardo, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture. “Kids really respond to the type of hands-on demonstrations the Maple Experience offers and teaching them where their food comes from helps them make smarter food choices as they get older. I appreciate the NYS Maple Producers’ Association visiting Broome County and can’t wait for the exhibit to return.”
“Maple is one of the fastest growing industries in New York and it’s important for people to learn more about where these products come from,” said Keith Schiebel, Maple Support Specialist for the NYS Maple Producers’ Association. "We’re very excited to be able to use the Maple Experience to share real, pure maple syrup and related products with people in all corners of the state, especially students.”
Demonstrations in the exhibit included how maple trees are tapped, sap boiling, and culminated with a real maple syrup tasting. Hundreds of students passed through the Maple Experience during its stops in Broome County schools.
“Here in the Binghamton City School District, we’re very passionate about interactive learning,” said Binghamton School Superintendent Dr. Tonia Thompson. “A visit from this mobile maple exhibit allows our students to learn about the maple production process by seeing, touching, and even tasting the product. This is an experience that’s both fun and educational for our children, and we appreciate the opportunity.”

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