Late last month, students at Sycamore Springs Elementary, with the help of volunteers, completed construction of a chicken coop paid for through a grant from the Dripping Springs Education Foundation.
The $800 grant, awarded to the students in March, went toward the “Eggspert Learning” student project at the campus, spearheaded by faculty sponsor Sarah Chew. The purpose of the coop is to allow students to learn about life cycles ranging through the process of hatching eggs to raising chicks at school.
In addition, students will also be in charge of selling the eggs to raise money to care for hens raised on campus year around, Chew said.
Some of the eggs produced by the hens will be used for cooking and science lessons throughout the year. Chew said the Dripping Springs Ag Booster club will also partner with the class to educate students and “get them excited about agriculture at a young age.”
The “Eggspert Learning” project was one of 25 student-driven projects, totaling $27,630, funded through the DSEF’s Student Leadership Grant program.
The grants are designed to foster development of student leadership skills through efforts to serve their campus and community.