Gene Witt Elementary students learn from Myakka City ranchers about life on the ranch.
Michael Ryan, a fourth grader at Gene Witt Elementary School, grabbed a whip and swung it above his head three times before pulling it back in hopes of forcing the whip to make a popping sound.
When the whip hit the ground and made a popping sound, Ryan gasped in surprise.
"Cracking a whip is harder than it seems," Ryan said. "Some whips are easier than others."
Fourth graders learned about the importance of agriculture, how cattle are branded, how to crack a whip and more from Brian Jones, the ranch manager at Blackbeard's Ranch in Myakka City, May 19.
Jones came to the school with his wife, Cassidy Jones, and two 10-year-old daughters, Cady and Cooper Jones, and Blackbeard Ranch's Brian Brioxson to teach students about ranch life, which the students were learning about by reading "A Land Remembered."
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