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EmmaUS Turkey Hill Experience, 2018


Thank you so very much for the support that Friends of Southwest DC contribute to making sure our youth of tomorrow get exposure that will forever be memorable.

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, our organization took 3 chaperones and 12 children on a trip to Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania about two hours away from Washington, D.C.  The excursion was a great exposure that none of the children had experienced. It provided them with an opportunity to learn about dairy culture, the story of Turkey Hill Dairy and how the company’s ice cream and iced tea flavors are selected and created.  The interactive exhibits allowed children to sit on a vintage milk truck, milk a mechanical cow, create a Turkey Hill commercial, create their very own ice cream flavor in a Taste Lab, and above all, enjoy an opportunity of unlimited free samples of Turkey Hill ice cream.

Emma P. Ward
EmmaUs Learning Center


Each of the children who participated as well as the chaperones want to share with you their words of gratitude and thanks for sending us on a trip to Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

“Thanks you S.W. Friends.  I liked everything about this trip but my favorite was making my own ice cream and naming it “Vanilla Gummy Goodness.””    -Tadjanae B.,a ge13

“Thank you S.W. Friends. I learned about how they make and ship Turkey Hill ice cream.  I also learned a lot about cows.  They chew all day long. They have 32 teeth."  - Temira M., age 6 

“Thank you S.W. Friends. I love ice cream. I learned how they make good ice cream.  Sometimes they get 40,000 gallons of milk from the cows."  - Traeshawn M., age 11

“Thank you S.W. Friends.  I liked the trip. It was not easy learning how to milk the cow. It was hard work. I liked making my own ice cream.”    - Traequawn M., age 10

“Thank you S.W. Friends.  Cows chew too much. They have 32 teeth.  I can’t remember if they only have upper teeth or lower teeth.  If I had that many teeth at the top or at the bottom, how could I chew my food?”   - Tiyuana M., age 8 

“Thank you S.W. Friends.  I learned so much on this trip.  This is the first time I have been to Pennsylvania. I love to drink milk. Cows give you so much milk every day.  The best part of the trip was making the ice cream and eating as much of it as I wanted."  -Taquaula B. Age 14

“Thank you S.W. Friends. I did not know until today that cows have no top teeth. How can they eat? I guess it’s okay to have 32 teeth at the bottom only.”    -  Traevon M., Age 12

“Thank you SW Friends.  I had a good time.  I ate so much ice cream.  It was good.  I had fun making ice cream.”    -  Ny’Yaun R. Age 7      

“Thank you SW Friends.  I had never been on a ride that long.  I had fun looking out the window and seeing all the big trucks passing by.  They were going fast.  I like the ice cream.”    - Nyte R.  Age 6

“Thank you SW Friends. I liked making the  ice cream.  I also liked trying to milk the cow.  It was fun to get in the ice cream truck and act like I was driving it to take the ice cream to the stores. I also liked riding in the little ice cream car."   - Ny’Kario R.,  Age 11  

“Thank you SW Friends.  I liked making ice cream, playing in the ball pit, and getting the souvenirs and winning a “fidget spinner.””    - Jadon L., Age 6

Thank you S.W. Friends. I enjoyed the trip and had a chance to milk the mechanical cow.  It was the first time I had been on a trip with EmmaUs Learning Center and it was very educational.  We took a Before and After Test to determine what we knew before we went and what we learned after visiting Turkey Hill.  Based on the results obtained and the comments made, we all learned a lot.”  -  Katrina G.

“Thank you S.W. Friends for providing us with an unforgettable experience to Turkey Hill Experience.  It was a wonderful trip and I think I can speak for all when I say we all had a great time and it was very educational. Thank you/your organization for continuing to invest in our childrens’ education."   - Emma W.     

“Thank you SW Friends.  I learned so much about cows that I had never heard of.  They give us so much milk to drink and I loved making the ice cream as much as the children did. Hopefully, I will have another chance to go there."  -  Baba Asare  



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