MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A newly constructed chicken coop can be found at Boonesborough Elementary School in Madison County.
The coop is home to thirteen chickens that students will take care of, according to Scott Anderson, Food Service Director for Madison County Schools.
“Students don’t realize that everything we have comes from a farmer,” he said. “So we’re doing a lot of things trying to show them exactly where food comes from.”
The project started when a class of kindergartners asked about raising chickens, said kindergarten teacher Tori Golden.
“It was all the kids’ idea and they were so excited about it and luckily the food services was on board,” she said.
4-H set the classroom up with an incubator to watch the eggs hatch, Golden said. Now the growing chickens have a new home in the coop.
“They’ve been so excited to hold them and feed them and they’ve really become caring citizens,” she said.
Next year, the fourth and fifth-grade students will begin to care for the chickens, Anderson said. The goal is to teach students about where food comes from and how to make healthy choices.
“It makes us smile whenever we can feed kids and interact with them,” he said.