“This is so much better than going to the zoo,” said parent Antonia Jauregui, 43, watching her son Julian at the square dance station. “At the zoo, the kids have to walk for a long time and it’s hard to keep track of all of them. “But this gives us an opportunity to come to the school and share this with our children,” she added. “And it gives them a little bit of a farm experience, better than what they would just see in a book.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The event was organized by special education instructional aide Cathy McIntosh and the school’s five kindergarten teachers – Sheila Maldonado, Michelle Barber, Andrea Carlson, Jennifer Ogden and Jamila Williams. “Normally, we would take the kids to the zoo. But the trip was always hectic, and the kids didn’t enjoy it as much,” Williams said. “But Scott Avenue \ does this every year and we were able to see it there. We thought it would fit well here.” The teachers created several stations to rotate the children through, including a supermarket game with fresh vegetables, a faux cow-milking stand, ring toss, petting zoo and bubble-blowing area. “Look,” said Williams, pointing to a giant poster atop a chain-link fence where students were free to paint farm animals and scenes. “See, they painted the fish in the pond – they’re not out floating in some other space. That means they were paying attention.” Students were also treated to a few quick square dance lessons by Melissa Gummick, a school district employee who also talked to them about the early morning duties of a farmer. • Photo Gallery: Farm Day at Orchard Dale Elementary EAST WHITTIER – Square-dancing, hay rides, ponies – the farming life doesn’t get any better than this. Just ask kindergartners who participated in Orchard Dale Elementary School’s first-ever Farm Day on Wednesday, which wrapped up a classroom course on farms and gave the city-slicker kids a feel for rural life. “I didn’t know anything about farms before this,” kindergartner Jordan Barber, 6, said after enjoying a solo hay ride – in a teal Fisher-Price plastic wagon – around the school’s blacktop.