A chick hatches from its egg inside an incubator at Fairview Elementary School May 8. Haley Equipment worked with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation to bring ag in the classroom by placing egg incubators at both Kuemper Catholic School System and Fairview Elementary School. (Photos by RoAnn Kofron)
A chick hatches from its egg inside an incubator at Fairview Elementary School May 8. Haley Equipment worked with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation to bring ag in the classroom by placing egg incubators at both Kuemper Catholic School System and Fairview Elementary School. (Photos by RoAnn Kofron)

May 14, 2019

The eggs began to rustle under the bright light of an incubator.

As time passed, students and others stopped by to watch for any sign of movement — then the eggs began to crack.

After weeks of waiting for this moment, it was finally time.

Eggs that were set up in incubators at both Fairview Elementary School and Kuemper Catholic School System hatched May 8 and 9.

A few months ago, Haley Equipment of Carroll teamed up with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation to find a way to bring more ag education in the classroom.

The program brought incubators with eggs to both Fairview Elementary School and Kuemper Catholic School System.

For the past few weeks, students at both schools have been able to watch the eggs and learn more about how eggs are fertilized.

RoAnn Kofron, an advertising and marketing coordinator at Haley Equipment, said it was a great program that Haley Equipment and both Carroll schools enjoyed doing together.

“We were very excited to have initiated it, and the schools were very receptive,” she said. “The schools and staff were very excited.”

Kofron said this is the first year Haley Equipment has worked with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and the Carroll schools and added that so far, it has been a fun program to participate in and a great way to get more involved with the schools.

Next year, Haley Equipment wants to expand the program and raise livestock as well, she said.

“This was a way we could give back to the community by sponsoring and making sure kids who don’t really get to work with agriculture would get to be able to see it,” Kofron said.

For future egg programs with the Carroll schools, Kofron said Haley Equipment plans to purchase its own incubators. After the chickens hatched, they were taken home to family farms or FFA members. Some of the chicks will even grow to produce the eggs that are used at Fairview Elementary School for future programs, Kofron said.

It was a great partnership and something we are glad we did and want to continue doing,” she said.