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Woodbridge High School unveils Allen Harim Broiler House for their animal science program

Woodbridge High School unveils Allen...

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - In Sussex County, a lot of schools are coming up with creative ways to keep students engaged and Woodbridge High is no exception. 

They are taking their Animal Science program to the next level. They are putting down the books and using their hands. 

The program doesn't have your ordinary classroom setting. And their latest addition looks like another commercial chicken house but it's actually apart of the newest lesson plan.

The animal science teacher, Karen Breeding, tells us, "We do have the facilities to house animals 365 days a year so we do have breeding animals that are on site all year long so that the kids learn how to breed, they'll help with that process. So it's really a hands on class that gives them a really perspective of full cycle production on their food production animals."

Woodbridge adding a 10x20 miniature chicken house to their curriculum. Students can now grow up to 99 chicks.

It was all inspired by a senior Jordan Chelton after his own experience in the field. 

A simple idea formed into an actual plan to help students further their knowledge of the poultry industry. 

"I wanted other kids to be able to learn what I've learned and put it all together and learn about the poultry industry and the agriculture community and see what goes on and how much poultry takes of the chunk from the industry now a days," Chelton says. 

We're told these animals give these kids ownership in this program. 

This mini-house offering big lessons that can't be taught in a book. 

"Whether they go into agriculture or not, it teaches them responsibility and time management, how to talk to people and work with team members, and how to take care of something that can't take care of itself," Breeding tells 47 ABC. 

But none of this could have happened without the help of several organizations.

Allen Harim with financial support from Farm Credit were able to build the chicken house. 

Beyond that, they are providing the chicks and the feed for every flock. 

When the project first started a year and a half ago, Allen Harim decided to step in and give back. 

And they included everything a broiler house would need, water lines, feeders, heat, and ventilation. 

The students will monitor their growth and when they reach market size, they will work with a local butcher shop to process the birds. 

Next year, the students will partner with Del Sate, which has a mobile meat lab. 

They will then be processing some of the birds that they have raised. 


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