Down on the Farm
UNION TOWNSHI P – It’s an awful lot of work for the Kellers, but always worth it. “It’s fun when the kids are here,” said farmer Kevin Keller. He was helping his parents, Jerry and Sue Keller, Oct. 16 when the Kellers hosted roughly 85 Kirkersville Elementary first graders at their Palmer Road farm. Kevin Keller said displaying all the equipment and preparing the animals to give the children a taste of life on the farm—literally a “taste” as the Kellers also provide a brunch of locally produced items for the children—takes a lot of planning, but the kids love it.
“We’ve had as many as 120,” said Sue Keller, who is also Kirkersville Elementary librarian. “We’ve been doing it for 18 years. This is our home and we love sharing it. It’s something to give to our school.” She said other schools have contacted her to put on a similar program for their districts, but Keller said the day is reserved specifically for Kirkersville Elementary.
“We’re extremely fortunate to be in the community we are in,” said Kirkersville Elementary Principal Alissa Horstman. “We do try to bring the community and the school together.” She said a goal of the school’s curriculum is to relate academics to “real world” experiences and the Kellers graciously help the students to bridge that gap by showing how the environment and local economy affect every day life. “We live in a farming community,” said Horstman. She said Kirkersville is a very “ tight-knit” community she appreciates the Kellers’ help and hospitality.