Kansas School Reinvigorated After Switch to Ag-Based Curriculum
WALTON, Kan. (AP) — A
Kansas school that once was on the brink of closure has found new life
as an agriculture-themed charter school.
Students at the Walton
21st Century Rural Life Center now learn through projects that range
from selling eggs to showing pigs at the county fair.
The farm curriculum has been replicated elsewhere, including urban environments in Chicago and Philadelphia.
Walton school is located in a farming community of 235 people. It had
barely 80 students when the school district decided to transform the
kindergarten to fourth-grade building as an agriculture-focused charter
Since making the switch in 2007, enrollment was grown to
183 students. Parents frequently call the school, eager to nab a spot
for their children. One of the waiting list's latest additions was a