When kindergarten teacher Cathy Miller proposed adding a chicken coop to grounds at Holy Angels, principal Justin Armitage enthusiastically responded, “let’s do it!” In March, thanks to donations from friends of Holy Angels and Mrs. Miller, three chickens and a beautiful coop arrived. The chickens, which produce eggs collected each afternoon by kindergarten scholars, have been warmly welcomed by the school community. A March-Madness-inspired school-wide bracket challenge took place the week before spring break to name the three hens, Midnite, Chick-fil-A, and Pickles. Mrs. Miller has plans to incorporate the eggs collected into a cooking lesson after spring break and an all-natural Easter basket, dying the eggs with foods like berries, boiled onion skins, and cooked greens instead of chemicals. “The excitement and wonderment, which has been obvious every day, is awesome! On Friday when we were done ‘farming’ one of my students hugged me and said, ‘Mrs. Miller, I love our chickens.’” The addition of the chicken coop fits nicely into the focus on sustainability and urban agriculture at Holy Angels. Students in grades three through six are working with tower gardens in their classroom thanks to Anthem Inc. and the GreenBronx Machine.
Holy Angels kindergarten students visit the chicken coop after school