“Squeaker” September Educational Activity

The Hilmar Cheese Company Visitor Center tour program is excited to offer an incentive to encourage students to think creatively and write.


“During this time of virtual learning, we are challenging students of all ages to come up with a fun reason and illustration of why squeakers squeak,” explained Kody Stevens, Communications and Tour specialist for Hilmar Cheese Company.


What is squeaker? It is a fresh cheese curd. The curd is the time in the process where the solids in the milk have clumped together but haven’t been pressed together to make cheese and they squeak when you eat them. The Hilmar Cheese Company Visitor Center is the only place you can get fresh cheese curds, called “squeakers.”


“We want students to respond to the writing prompt: why do you think a squeaker squeaks and draw a photo of a squeaker,” explained Stevens. “The Hilmar Cheese Company website and Facebook page will have the worksheet available to download or a student can use any sheet of paper they have at home.”


Each student who turns in their illustration and writing in September will receive a FREE small tub of Squeakers. The visitor center café is only open for curbside service, so parents can call the number on the door when they arrive and we will deliver to the parent’s car. The Hilmar Cheese Company visitor center is located at 9001 Lander Ave. in Hilmar, CA and open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm.


If the student wants to be entered into the drawing for a special prize at the end of the month, the student can write their name, age and phone number on the back of the sheet.


The answer of why do Squeakers squeak will be featured on a video posted to Hilmar Cheese Company social media sites. Follow @hilmarcheese on Instagram and /hilmarcheesecompany on Facebook to stay up-to-date with updates, specials, merchandise offerings and more!


Stay tuned for more fun educational prompts and prizes for October and November to encourage students to write.


Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. improves lives around the world by being a leading producer of wholesome dairy products that contribute to the success of all stakeholders. Founded in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company and its division, Hilmar Ingredients, serve customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert high-quality milk received from local independent dairy farms into a variety of nutritious cheese and whey ingredients. The company specializes in the production of cheddar and American-style cheeses utilized by private label and national brand companies worldwide. Its Hilmar Ingredients division manufactures and markets globally a wide range of whey protein and lactose products. Committed to continuous improvement, innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company strives to make products that benefit all involved from our customers to our suppliers to our employees and communities. Together, we deliver the promise of dairy.