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Nixa Students Build Chicken Coop

NIXA, Mo. - The John Thomas School of Discovery has discovered one of its former students wants to give back in the form of agriculture.

"It does feel good to know that's I'm giving back and helping out with something that will be here for many years and providing students with opportunities to learn," Edward Eiche, Nixa Junior High student, said. 

Eiche is earning his Eagle Scout badge by building a chicken coop for the John Thomas School, which he used to attend.

Planning took about two months.

He hopes the coop will teach the kids real world skills and responsibility by raising the chickens and selling their eggs.

Instructional technology facilitator Ryan Mahn is proud that he is implementing the skills he learned.

"So one of the best things about this job and one of the reasons I tell people I will never leave this building is because we empower kids to be leaders and they take charge regularly," Mahn said. "To see Edward come back and caring about our school and taking charge is amazing."

All grades will help take care of the chickens in some way. They also attended City Council to lobby for the chickens. 

They plan to have around 12.


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