Cool At School: Raising Chickens for a Good Cause

LAS VEGAS -- Second graders at Southern Highlands Preparatory School are taking a hand's on approach to learning. They are the caretakers to a dozen eggs which will soon hatch into chicks.

Students say they can't wait too see all their hard work pay off. "It's cool cause we get to figure out how they live and how they start up and end up," said second grader Sophia Carrero.

The class makes sure the incubator stays at just the right temperature and the eggs are turned every hour. There is even a closet dedicated to the eggs where students are able to monitor the chick's development using candles.

Joceyln Lotterhos said, "When you hold an egg you are holding a life in your hand. It's cool to feel like you are actually holding something."

The students raised $1,500 to help buy the eggs and the incubator. Once the eggs hatch, the chicks along with any leftover money will be donated to the Bonnie Springs Zoo.  

Teacher Carla Martin says this is a great way to get the kids involved in the community.

"They are proud. They think they own part of Bonnie Springs now, being able to build cages and get facilities in the zoo. They feel like it's them doing all the work and it is."

The eggs should start hatching this week.


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