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Mar 9, 2023 | Grants, Our Stories

The $4,942 grant for the DATeggnology Chickademy has had residual beneficial effects at Ed White Middle School. Not only do they raise chickens, but they also compost the waste from the chicken coop to plant in the neighboring garden beds. The chickens are fed scrap vegetables from the cafeteria by the students and teachers that tend to them. So, there is an entire cycle of reuse that occurs with this grant to DATA at Ed White.

“The kids have really enjoyed being part of the `Chicken Tender’ after-school club where they are getting to see the whole egg to chicken process,” stated grant applicant and teacher, Melissa Flowers. By caring for a flock of chickens, students learn about biology, compassionate animal husbandry, and food science.

As he retrieved an egg from the coop, Middle school student Geoffrey Hintz stated, “I really like the chicken club, I recommend it!”

The night before, a new hatchling emerged, making the tour of this amazing grant in action extra special!

NEEF is a private non-profit charitable corporation that works to raise money to expand educational opportunities for the students of North East ISD. The grants fund projects that range from raising chickens to building and coding robots!

Getting their hands dirty at Ed White Middle School!

Getting their hands dirty at Ed White Middle School!

Ed White Middle School students are getting hands-on experience in the NEEF-funded garden beds. Their seventh-grade science teacher, Carmen Keane, points out that her students are planting seasonal flowers that day. Other times, garden vegetables are being grown along...