By Barrett Phillips
First grade teachers and students at Pinedale Elementary school in Rapid City are taking care of eggs, some of which are hatching this week.
In each classroom there is one goose, four ducks, and 12 chicks for a total of 51 eggs. The eggs went into the incubator April 14th.
The chick eggs started hatching Sunday, and the duck and geese eggs should hatch on May 12th.
"We incorporate a lot of stuff into this. Their enthusiasm gets bumped up at the end of the year. We do a lot of interactive writing with this, we do a lot of reading with it. It hits our science curriculum that we are doing," said teacher Amy Sykora.
Students say it's quite an experience to see new life come into the world.
"It's kind of amazing how just from a little egg that it can transform into an animal, from just a little egg," said student Muira Cronin.
The annual project has taken place at the school for nearly 15 years.