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Flat Rock field trip includes science, history and a whole lot of kids

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Mills River Elementary School students visited the Carl Sandburg Home, a place where the kids got a chance to play with kids of a different kind. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Mills River Elementary School students visited the Carl Sandburg Home, a place where the kids got a chance to play with kids of a different kind.

The students were introduced to "Carl," who was born just three days ago and he's already the star of the show. There are other kids, as well as older goats who are just as welcoming to their visitors.

"They're very very cute, and they are super duper and like super duper soft," Mills River Elementary student Porter said.

Teachers say the field trip to Flat Rock is a great way for children to learn about the importance of animals and the outdoors.

"Just learning to interact with things other than yourself, whether it's children or other species. Especially when they are little like this, you see the kids can be suddenly very calm and quiet. It's wonderful to see all of the kids come through here," volunteer Debra Hawley said.

The students got a chance to see what it's like to milk a goat. They also learned that the baby goats get milk from their mamas -- not the grocery store .

Oh, and remember "Carl?" That's just his temporary name. His permanent name will be chosen June 2 at an ice cream social and raffle.

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