YODER, Kan. — Yoder Charter School is hosting a chicken barbecue dinner this weekend for its agricultural programs.
"We would love for the public to come and get some delicious chicken barbecue," said Becky King with the school. "We will be doing a pit barbecue style chicken. There will be a barbecue pit out in front of the school on Saturday morning. We will have chicken ready by 11 a.m. We're selling full dinners by donation. It will include a quarter chicken barbecued on the pit, along with sides of coleslaw, baked beans, a fresh roll and a cookie for dessert."
The meal is by donation. The work has been done by the Kindergarten through 8th grade students at the school.
"The kids raised a flock of meat chickens from little tiny babies in their classrooms all the way up through being outside," King said. "Those chickens have all been processed and that's what we'll be using for our chicken barbecue on Saturday."
The goal is to expand the ag programs at the school in future years.
"We're hoping to raise meat chickens again, assuming the barbecue goes well," King said. "The kids are also excited about raising a flock of egg laying chicks and selling eggs and collecting those. They're hoping to hatch them from fertilized eggs and watch them all the way through next school year through laying eggs as well as doing lots of the research and the background knowledge that comes with that. One of the classes is working on planting a native garden, with a program through the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston. We're also hoping to begin composting our waste here at school, talking about the ag, as well as sustainability and environmental impact of the projects that we're doing."
Enrollment at YCS goes first to students requesting space that live in USD 312, but after that, other area students can join, if they can provide transportation and there is room in their grade level. For more information, call principal Shannon Atherton at (620) 465-2605.