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September 7th 2019.
curling Club, Corner of 15 & 206, Dugald, MB. See the Fall Sale page
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To The Club's 'Agriculture In The Classroom' Program: Polson School
Shannon Dawley, supplied 12 eggs, and thanks to club member, Danica
Mutcher’s information on her birds, Shannon was able to print out
pictures of all the breeds as well as names and information on them.
Shannon also typed up some “Fun Chicken Facts”, a list with pictures of
her personal farm home, as well as information about the Cluck and Quack
Shannon met 23 grade 3 and 4 students at Polson School and shared
information and fun stories about poultry. The children were all quite
engaged, asking questions, sharing bird stories, and so very excited
about the eggs in the incubator. Between the teacher and students, it
was decided that Shannon should return to the class in about 10 days to
candle some eggs and see what was developing and what was not.
11 days later: the kids were quite engaged, and very excited to see what
we were going to do. We took most of the afternoon to talk, candle eggs,
ask and answer questions, and play a few games. Clearly, Shannon brought
her (Plymouth barred rock) for a visit as well. The kids really seemed
to get a kick out of the barred patterns on her feathers. Shannon also
found out that they do a “class count down” to the days of her visits.
The next visit was scheduled for 1 week after the chicks were scheduled
to hatch. Club members Page, Jude and Corrine were kind enough to join
Shannon in this adventure and brought a baby goat, a rabbit, and a
rooster with them. The students were engaged, excited and full of
questions. Page and Jude did a wonderful job fielding questions and
showing off their creatures. Unfortunately, only 4 chicks hatched and 3
made it. The kids were disappointed, but learned some very valuable life
lessons and are excited to try again.
In continuing to visit, and reach out to the class room Shannon was
amazed at how many kids are interested in having “farm” animals. Shannon
really tried to reiterate to the class that all animals, whether they
are pets or for food production, deserve to be treated with a level of
care and respect, and just because you eat it does not mean that they do
not deserve a good life while they are around.
The children have learned the importance of heritage breeds, and have
studied some of the types on their own time. They understand the
importance of care and have a better understanding on the circle of life
and natural selection. Shannon can honestly say that despite some slight
bumps in the road that have more than tested her flexibility this
project has been a complete success.
I JUST HATCHED !!
Club Mugs For Sale:
Black/Gold on white. $5.00
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