Our students at Frank H. Peterson Academies have started an initiative called Poultry Pals. 8 students go out to local elementary schools and teach the students about chick embryology, candling, and chicken parts. These students started a program that has brought agriculture to an urban setting.
Our students are in agriculture classes in the middle of Jacksonville, Fl. Most of our students come from an urban background and have never been around any agriculture or had a concept of how to grow their own food.
Students at Frank H. Peterson have now grasped a love for agriculture and want to inspire young students about agriculture. That's why they invented Poultry Pals!
Our students at Frank H. Peterson academies created a program called Poultry Pals where they go into elementary schools and teach the elementary school students about chicken embryology, candling, and chicken parts. Being a school in an urban setting, they saw a true need to spread the love and passion for agriculture that they have into young minds. These eight students at Frank H. Peterson have developed skills and lesson plans that that they speak to the elementary school students.
The elementary school students are able to have a hands on experience and our students are able to have the ability to show leadership skills.
We are need of the following items for our project to come to life for elementary school students. The incubators to hatch, the brooder lights to keep them warm and then the kennel to house them once they have been hatched and our too old for their brooder box.
In Their Own Words
Our goal is to spread the love of agriculture at a young age. We have discovered that their is a negative feeling about agriculture and we want to change this! We want students at a young age to see how taking care of something grows and hopefully have a love for agriculture when they get older!
Poultry Pals is completely student led. We have created the lesson plan and we teach the lessons on candling, incubation, embryology, and chicken parts with the help of our advisor. We have created this program in hopes to share our passion for agriculture. This gives us the opportunity to be able to write, and teach younger age groups about what we love.
Its in important to myself and my teammates because the average farmer is 55 years old. Many students my age have a stigma against agriculture and farming and we hope to change that. We live in an area where agriculture is there but no one is aware of it. We want to change this and show our love and appreciation through poultry pals.
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