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UNION ELEMENTARY fourth graders Sarah Spayd, Gcna Rest, Kelsie Keylor, Denise Bozeman, An
gela Miragliotta, Ashley Gray, RJ. Stanley and Heather Culler and their teacher, Dayna Ramsey -
Sanders, show off the results of their embryology project.
'Egg-spectant' Students Saw
Ducklings And Chicks Hatch
MY MtSAlM L'SIIEK
It must be spring.
All across Brunswick County
"cgg-spectant" students have been
watching and listening the past sev
eral weeks for signs of new life, the
pipping of ducklings and chicks.
Tuesday morning, in the Supply
Elementary School courtyard, fourth
grade student Trenton Bumcy care
fully slipped two llulfy yellow,
loudly peeping ducklings into a
shoebox punched with air holes. He
proudly carried the box through
Annie Bryant Hcwctt's class, stop
ping to allow classmates to peek in
side. At the door, he reluctantly said
goodbye to his father, Alvin Bumcy,
and the ducks. After about a month
in the warmth of a storage room, the
ducks will join goats and bantams in
a field at the Burncy home near
At Supply Elementary, Hcwctt
and fellow kindergarten tcachcrs
Ramona Parker, Cathy Milligan and
Pam Jackson repeated a projcct that
was a big success last year at what
was then Union Primary School.
With the help of volunteer Dr. Pat
Hcwctt, a local chiropractor with a
background in biology and a love of
animals, they hatched duck and
chicken eggs in incubators in each
classroom. Every student marked his
or her "own" egg and had the option
of taking one home, should their
parents agree and come to school to
get the bird.
This week, a surplus of birds
meant other students also had a
chance to do the same, for a small
Parents raised the money for Dr.
Hcwctt to buy the eggs and the feed
was donated. In addition, communi
ty volunteers donated more chicken
eggs when they found out about the
projcct, said Hcwctt. "It looks like
we've got about 50 kinds of chick
ens, including African game hens."
Yellow, crcam, white, black, gray,
striped and even calico-type biddies
huddled under a lamp in their own
private section of the pen at Supply.
In the larger area outside, several
hundred baby ducks scampcrcd
from one side of the pen to the other,
wherever the most students gath
"The ducks really bond with the
children, better than the chicks do,"
Not every county student who
watchcd a young bird "pip" will gel
to take one home.
In fourth-grade classrooms at
Bolivia, Supply and Union Elem
entary schools, and in the EMM
class at South Brunswick High, stu
dents were participating in a 4-H
Embryology School Enrichment
Program sponsored by Brunswick
In the embryology program,
Brunswick County 4-H provided
classes with about a dozen eggs
each, incubators, food for the new
born chicks, lesson plans, handouts
and a video. A $250 minigrant from
Brunswick Elcclric Membership
Corp. helped with purchase of
equipment, while a commercial
hatchery provided the eggs.
"It was a hands-on kind of thing,
said Billy Privcttc, Brunswick
County 4-H agent. "The kids all got
involved with turning the eggs and
that kind of thing."
Privcttc said newborn birds in the
embryology program didn't go
home with individual students.
"We've found that people in the
poultry business get upset with that
kind of thing," he said. Add to that
the fact that most families don't
have the knowledge or the space
needed to maintain appropria'c tcm
BEMC PHOTO BY PHIUP MORGAN
BRUNSWICK COUNTY 4-H Agent Billy Privetle shares informa
tion with Corey Daniels, a fourth grade student at Supply Elem
pcraturcs for the birds as they ma
Because so many hatchlings had
died from lack of care and neglect,
retail businesses in North Carolina
can no longer sell young birds or
rabbits at Easter. So the 4-H chicks
arc going to either Indigo Farms
near Hickman's Crossroads or to an
other location near Boiling Spring
The 4-H project was piloted in the
four schools this year and Privctte
hopes to expand the program to all
fourth grade classrooms in the coun
ty next year.
He said thai fluctuations in tem
perature and humidity at Union
Elementary may have contributed to
the low hatching success rate there,
with eggs in two classrooms not
hatching at all. It's a problem he
hopes to address quickly so that stu
dents and teachers at Union will be
enthusiastic about participating
again next year.
"It was kind of discouraging for
me," said Privctte, "so I know it was
In both programs, tcachcrs have
used the eggs and the chicks as the
focus of lessons in not only life sci
ence, but other subject areas as well.
"They had fun thinking of names
and writing poems," said Dayna
Ramsey-Sanders, one of the Union
Elementary teachers whose class
participated in the 4-H project.
Rainona Parker's kindergarten
class at Supply videotaped a duck
ling as it hatched and showed the
film to the rest of the school. Stu
dents also drew ducks and chicks,
wrote about them and even used
them in math class, counting the
days since the eggs were placed in
the incubator March 1.
According to Justin Hcwclt, if
The Town of Holden Beach will hold a public hearing
to hear comments on the assessments of the cost of
dredging the canals at Holden Beach Harbor and
Heritage Harbor at 7:00 P.M. on April 21, 1993 at
took 28 days for the ducks to hatch
and only 21 days for the chicks.
And, if you count the pictures
hanging in a row of yellow over the
chalkboard, Jessica Hewett pointed
out, it seems 23 students wanted
ducks and two wanted chickens.
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