Some Tucson students get lesson in weights and measures

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Weights and measures hosted an educational event for some local elementary school students.

Helping them apply their classroom knowledge to help them shop at a local grocery store.

Third grade students from Mission Manor Elementary school learned some shopping smarts from the pros.  It's all part of Arizona Weights and Measures Week.

"The grocery chains invite the schools the schools out to the store and we teach the kids how to be educated shoppers," said Linda Wetzel from the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures.

The pint-sized shoppers turned the Food City into their classroom for an hour. The students worked in the produce section, meat department and scanned items with a cashier.

"Well we had to do math with measuring because sometimes you get charged more or less," said student David Navarro.

The program allows the students to use what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life.

"This gives them a chance to see that it really does apply to their life everyday," said Wetzel.

The weights and measures program is getting rave reviews from both the students and teachers.

"I think its a wonderful program its one of the best field trips, I feel, because its so relevant.  I only knew a little bit now, I learned a lot more," said teacher Olivia Velasco.

Don't be surprised if you see more youngsters weighing their fruits and vegetables or price checking at the cash register.