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Troy Crossroads students experience farm life right at school

Troy Crossroads Elementary School preschool student Ky'Juan Melancon holds a days-old chick with his father Marcus Melancon at the school's Side-by-Side Parent Activity, "Farm Experience."
Troy Crossroads Elementary School preschool student Ky'Juan Melancon holds a days-old chick with his father Marcus Melancon at the school's Side-by-Side Parent Activity, "Farm Experience."

SHOREWOOD – Preschool students at Troy Crossroads Elementary School recently got a taste of farm life with the school’s Side-by-Side Parent Activity Day, “Farm Experience.”

The students were able to strip kernels off corn cobs using an antique 1851 corn sheller, grind the kernels into cornmeal with an 1885 corn mill, and sit in the driver’s seat of a 1948 red Ford tractor. They also learned how apples grow from apple seeds and helped core an apple. Students saw heavy cream being churned into butter and could take a lima bean seed house home with them to watch a plant grow.

The highlight of the day was holding the small chicks, which had just hatched from eggs preschool teacher Teresa Fierke brought into her classroom. The chick brooder was located in the room’s art center, Fierke said, and while it was there, the children enjoyed showing their art projects to the hatchlings.

The machines were brought in by Fierke’s father, Bruce, and her mother, Kathy, helped the students hold the chicks.

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