TROY - Some kids in Troy learned about dairy recently, courtesy of the Bradford County Dairy Princess and a Dairy Maid.

At Hand Prints and Heart Beats child care center on Fallbrook Street in Troy, Dairy Princess Maria Jo Noble and Dairy Maid Courtnie Hoffman talked to the children one morning last week. Maria is also the 2012-2013 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess.

Deb Harer, who owns the center, recalled how the visit came about.

"Dairy Maid Courtnie Hoffman attends Hand Prints and Heart Beats (in the after school program) and her mom, Ms. Billie Jo Hunter, is a teacher there," Deb explained. "The Dairy Princess promotes dairy products and it was arranged for her to come to the center."

Deb, who owns the State Farm Insurance office in Troy and is a member of the Troy Area School Board, thought the program went well.

"She (the Dairy Princess) spoke with the kids regarding how many servings of dairy they should eat a day as well as different types of dairy foods," she said.

"The kids loved it and one gal commented she met a 'bonafide Princess!'"

"It so happened that the Troy Area School District in-service day was rescheduled to Friday so the school-age kids were also there for the event. A great time was had by all."

She said the kids even sampled pudding they made.

"They love pudding!" she commented.

She said that Maria provided "all the fixings" for the children to make and sample their choice of vanilla and chocolate pudding. Courtnie assisted her.

"They were excited to make pudding and keeping in line for their turn was a challenge, but they did well."

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