Petite Riviere Elementary Not Ready To Fly The Coop

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 12:52 PM

Counting their chickens before they're hatched.

Despite a decision by the South Shore Regional School Board to close their school next summer, members of Petite Riviere Elementary School were busy Sunday building a hen house.

Volunteer Jill Swaine feels the school has to stay open.

"I think this is a testament of our faith. We're going forward with this because this school is the heart of our community and we're not going to give up on it. I don't think the story for our school is over, no matter what happens next."

A decision is expected any time in the judicial review into whether the School Board acted appropriately when they decided Petite Riviere would close in July 2018.

In the meantime, Swaine says children will be learning about the life cycle of the chickens.

Eggs will be incubated in the classroom over the next few weeks before the chickens are transferred to the new coop.

Teacher Kristy Boutilier says having chickens will tie in with what the kids are already learning through their existing gardens.

"Our breakfast program is a huge part of our community here. A lot of our veggies that we get, we offer carrots sticks at breakfast program and our lunch and potatoes and everything. And we thought, wouldn't it be great to have our own eggs."

Boutilier says the school will still need to get regulatory approval before their eggs can be served in their breakfast program.

Chickens will be raised from eggs donated by parents.

And the children will learn about how to feed and care for the birds from incubation to adulthood.