The students of Hillis Elementary School in Des Moines welcomed four chickens to an outdoor coop. Principal Beth Sloan says it just made sense.
“With all that we have happening at Hillis with our gardens, and nutrition and wellness initiatives, we had always talked about ‘Okay, what’s the next step?’”
One of those initiatives already in place is Eco-Hour, a weekly event with a focus on wellness and environmental education. With the help of national, non-profit FoodCorps, every Wednesday students get a chance to learn about nutrition, gardening and composting.
FoodCorps Service Member Chelsea Krist says, “It’s pretty important for kids to know where their food comes from, and you know, it’s surprising that so many kids don’t know where their food comes from. But it’s not really that surprising because why would you know, if you weren’t exposed to this in an elementary school?”