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. The eggs are expected to hatch this Tuesday. (Photo by Susie Hulst | Special to the Times Herald)
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. The eggs are expected to hatch this Tuesday. (Photo by Susie Hulst | Special to the Times Herald)

May 6, 2019

When a customer at Haley Equipment Inc. approached RoAnn Kofron about working with area schools and finding ways to integrate agriculture in the classroom, Kofron knew it was something Haley Equipment, where she works, would be interested in trying out.

She wanted to built a partnership with Carroll schools while also teaching students more about the industry her business is passionate about.

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

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

The eggs have been sitting in their incubators at both schools for the past few weeks, but come tomorrow, it’s hatch day.

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

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.

“We like the idea of agriculture in the classroom, being an ag business,” she said. “That’s been the fun part.”

Natasha Adams, the Carroll Community School District media specialist, said she likes having the egg incubator set up in the library because it allows students to come in during their free time and check it out and also gives her the opportunity to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into the curriculum she teaches.

Something really cool I can expand on with the kids with this is (with) the second grade, I am having them pick their own farm animal and do research,” she said. “I am excited because this adds the STEM piece to not just the library but whole school with it being in the media center.”