Agriculture in the classroom
Third graders from Staples and Motley Elementary schools and Sacred Heart Area School were busy watching chicks hatch during the last week of school. As part of the Staples Motley Agriculture in the Classroom program, Katie Benson, a junior at SMHS started the program with a $1,000 grant from the National FFA Foundation. The program aims to help students become aware of the agricultural industry and how it impacts their lives. During the last month of school, students monitored an incubator in their classrooms and regulated the temperature and humidity for the eggs to successfully hatch. Once hatched, students learned how to properly handle and care of the chicks.
“This project is a great way to get students interested in agriculture. Hatching chicks in school is the reason I became involved in agriculture and even simple projects like this can help to build a stronger agricultural literacy in the area,” says Benson, “which allows us to advance the industry and produce more food in the end.”
Eighteen chicks in all hatched as the students enjoyed watching the chicks hatch and being holding them once dried off. Above are students in Sarah Larson’s class at Staples Elementary School.