Chickens on Patrol

Hens are the stars of the playground at a Texas elementary school.

Chickens on Patrol
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes By Jodi Helmer At Van Ruab Elementary School, in Boerne, Texas, lessons about science, engineering, math, and art often start in the chicken coop.   Principal Jamie Robinson added a flock of chickens to the schoolyard in 2019. He received a $1,000 grant to purchase supplies and enlisted the help of parents to assemble coops while students set up the brooder and tended to the chicks.   The little cluckers were an instant sensation. A video about the chickens went viral and the school fast became known as “the chicken school.” The biggest impact has been on the children.   Elementary school students of help with everything from cleaning the coops and filling feed and water buckets to building chicken swings and other enrichment items, earning them the nickname “chicken tenders.”   Having chickens on campus also allows teachers to emphasize hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.   “We squeezed an egg and the kids learned that you can squeeze an egg vertically without breaking but if you squeeze it from the sides, it

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