Written by Jonathan Eisenthal
A crowd of 100 school kids roared with excitement when Maizey, the lovable and always happy Minnesota corn mascot, joined in the fun and dancing with the Twin Cities Road Crew.
The group rocked the house at L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school, with the latest radio hits. But there was an audible gasp of surprise, when the TC Road Crew started to tell the story of corn: “Did you know that Maizey is more than 5,000 years old…?”
With support from MCGA, Maizey and the team at TC Road Crew visited the St. Paul-based school for a corn-themed assembly filled with dancing, prizes, and all sorts of farm-related fun. Mixed in with the fun, the students and teachers learned about the importance of corn farming and agriculture.
“Did you know there are three kinds of corn in Minnesota?” one of the TC Road Crew team members asked the attentive crowd of students.
Popcorn and corn-on-the-cob (sweet corn) easily came to mind and, after some fun Q&A prompting, the kids quickly identified the third type of corn: field corn! This led to another fun, interactive game where students learned about what items are made from field corn. From corn flakes to crayons, and even ethanol the kids learned about how corn is used in everyday products.
Maizey and the team at TC Road Crew continued to dance, play games, and share corny farm facts with the assembly for nearly an hour – lessons that will stick with them long after the school day and that they’ll share at home with their non-farming moms, dads, brothers, and sisters.