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Nathan Hale Elementary School hosts its first annual ‘Nathan Hale Farms’ night

LANSING, Ill. (May 10, 2024) – Nathan Hale Elementary School invited the families of its kindergarteners to experience an evening of farm life at its first Nathan Hale Farms night on May 7. The students learned about the importance of agriculture to the community leading up to the event.  

The event featured a musical program of the school’s kindergartners singing farm-related nursery rhymes, following guests exploring the Nathan Hale Farms. 

Celebrating Nathan Hale’s kindergarteners

Nathan Hale’s kindergarteners performed farm-inspired nursery rhymes including “Old McDonald Had a Farm” at Nathan Hale Farms night. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Nathan Hale does not host a graduation ceremony for its kindergarteners. Therefore, this event is a part of the school’s celebration for its kindergartener’s transition to the first grade, said organizers. 

“They have been absolutely wonderful and we want to prove to you that going to first grade is not something that happens but is something these kids have worked for,” said Joseph Kent, Principal at Nathan Hale Elementary School. 

However, the school will host an end-of-the-year celebration for the kindergarteners on May 21. 

Nathan Hale Farms night

Families walked the building to view the man-made farm animals and displays. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

The kindergarteners performed farm-inspired nursery rhymes including Old McDonald Had a Farm, BINGO, and The Wheels on the Farm. Jennifer Estrada, a Music Teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School, said the kids worked hard at school and at home to learn the songs. 

A few kindergarten teachers sat before the stage to guide the students through the songs.  

Guests passed corn stalks made of construction paper on the way to the kindergarten classrooms. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Afterward, guests were invited to explore the kindergarten classrooms where each room represented a different farm animal. Principal Kent said the kindergarteners spent the past month learning about farm animals and creating farm relays using arts and crafts. 

“Each classroom has studied and become experts on different animals so take it all in and ask questions from your [child],” he said. 

Daisy the Cow, made of cardboard, was modeled after a life-size baby calf. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Nathan Hale’s staff and students transformed the school into a full-fledged farm including corn stalks, a tractor photo booth, a mini barn, and even a cow named Daisy. Many of the farm’s attractions were man-made but guests had the chance to see live chicks and plants grown by the students.

The farm featured newly-hatched baby chicks. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Families also had the opportunity to see what their kindergarteners have been learning as they viewed their farm-inspired artwork. 

Launja Olloway is a parent to a kindergartener at Nathan Hale. She expressed how proud she was of all the students. 

“Today’s event was outstanding. The students put on a fantastic show and my son enjoyed himself,” said Olloway. “The singing and dancing was so pretty and so perfect, they were all adorable.” 

Nathan Hale staff and students used their creative skills as they used cotton balls to make a sheep and alpaca, paper plates to make chickens, and water bottles to make the pigs. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Nathan Hale Elementary School is located at 19055 Burnham Ave.

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Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan brings local experience and a long list of journalism skills to her work with The Lansing Journal. She understands the need for reliable, factual information in equipping people to build community. An Audio News internship with WBEZ honed her interviewing skills and her sense of timing and deadlines. A native of Calumet City, Kinise is familiar with the interplay of local government, local schools, and local businesses.

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