PHS Ag teacher Sam Perschnick and science teacher Jordan Maurer pose with Dart the duck who became quite the celebrity at the high school.

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00:00 AM January 09, 2018

Animals tend to have a positive impact on students, which is why they are a popular item in classrooms.  Generally elementary classrooms is where you will find most of the critters, but Prophetstown High School is bucking that trend as they have started a new tradition.


For the second year in a row the school hatched dozens of chicken eggs courtesy of Dean Dever, for students in both the Ag and science departments to observe.  Ag and shop teacher Sam Perschnick and science teacher Jordan Maurer added a wrinkle to the hatching this year, but kept the secret from the students.


The twist resulted in far more students and staff being involved in the project.  


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  • Darla Corbin:

    10 Jan 2018 09:08:00

    I Love this story!!!!!! Thank you for posting!

  • Kim Crowe:

    11 Jan 2018 09:53:00

    I love the story and the interaction that the kids have with an animal.
    I’d love to know what happens to Dart the duck.
    I know someone that had a single duck it’s whole entire life when I was a child and it thrived and loved it its name was Beeper.

  • Beth Etheridge:

    11 Jan 2018 12:25:00

    What a great story! Very heartwarming and positive, which is hard to find in the media these days….kudos!!!!

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