Children in the classroom playing with the newly hatched chicks.


Using new ways of learning to improve mental health

Feb 22, 2023
When chick eggs hatch, it is an ideal opportunity to provide children with a valuable and memorable learning experience. 
The goal of Agriculture in the Classroom PEI Egg to Chick program is to provide students in schools across Atlantic Canada with the training, support, learning resources and equipment required for teachers to increase their students’ awareness of agriculture. Through the program, students learn about animal health and start to understand the importance of food security, all while experiencing the joy of taking care of chicks, which helps improve their mental health and well-being.
The Egg to Chick program uses farming technology including brooders, digital incubators and candlers to provide best care practices to the eggs and chicks, which also helps connect farmers to the participating classrooms in order to facilitate new learning opportunities.
With a $20,000 grant from the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board, Agriculture in the Classroom PEI has been able to upgrade the technology infrastructure of the program to help facilitate learning and expand the circulation of the program into new classrooms.

By funding the Egg to Chick program, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is bringing so much joy to the kids in our classroom. It’s an incredible initiative to support both educational outcomes and to see improvements in our students’ mental health.

- Charlene Zakem, Teacher, West Royalty Elementary School in Charlottetown P.E.I.