Chick­ens a coup for school

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

EGG-CITED pupils at Beech Hall school are en­joy­ing the Good Life by wel­com­ing chick­ens into their daily rou­tines as part of an en­tre­pre­neur­ial pro­gramme.

A chicken coop has been erected at the school for the feath­ered friends to make it their home.

Com­mit­ted pupils, who go by the name of the Chicken Com­mit­tee, will take care of and raise the chick­ens at the school and the eggs will be sold to the pub­lic to raise money for the birds’ con­tin­ued care and up­keep.

The idea came from new pupil Harry Lyons, 14, who, dur­ing his in­ter­view for the school, told head­mas­ter, James Allen, that in his spare time he loved to keep chick­ens. Harry is an avid breeder with more than 60 of the birds and sells the eggs and chicks on­line to gen­er­ate ex­tra pocket money.

Mr Allen said: “The idea be­hind the scheme is that the chil­dren learn to look af­ter them and sell the eggs, thereby nur­tur­ing valu­able busi­ness skills. This will be a great project for the pupils, they are all ex­cited to get in­volved. We’ve even cre­ated a Chicken Com­mit­tee where each pupil gets a badge to show their mem­ber­ship.”

The eggs will be sold in per­son­alised boxes de­signed by one of the chil­dren’s par­ents, Ly­dia Causer, who has a de­sign agency, Thrust Cre­ative.

Harry will be on hand to im­part his knowl­edge to the younger pupils. He said: “It’s ex­cit­ing Mr Allen saw my pas­sion and de­cided to de­velop it to ben­e­fit the whole school.”

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