Eufaula school using chickens, gardening to educate students

Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 at 9:26 PM EDT
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EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) - An old practice of growing crops and raising farm life has made its way into the Eufaula Primary School.

Michelle Puckett is an assistant  physical education teacher and also started up a program for students to get hands-on with chickens and growing their own garden.

"I was raised on a farm, my children are fortunate to be raised on a farm, and we had such a good experience with chickens that we wanted to share it with the kids here at the primary school," said Puckett.

The initial grant of $1,000 for the program came from Alabama Farmer's Federation and Farm Bureau. Today, Puckett learned the school is receiving another grant  through Alabama's Farmer's Federation to extend their project and build a "chicken run" for the chickens to have more room to roam around.

"We plan to even hatch our very own chickens to have at the school," Puckett told News Leader 9's Parker Branton..

Puckett said the students continue to get excited every time they go out to care for their chickens and even found a surprise when one of the hens laid its first egg.

Also in the area where the chickens are, a garden sits where students get the chance to grow their own foods and the cafeteria sometimes even cooks it for them to enjoy.

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