The efforts of a local good Samaritan has turned student frowns into smiles, after he replaced a group of school chickens which were killed last week.SOPHIE MALCOLM November 13, 2012 4:40am
Bourchier St Primary School students Tyra Loveridge, 9, and Dion Steigenberger, 9 were thrilled to meet their new pets.
They may only be tiny, but some baby chooks have made a big splash at a Shepparton primary school.
The chicks, who are only days old, made their debut at Bourchier St Primary School yesterday after they were donated by a Dookie resident.
On Friday, The News ran a story about the school’s pet chooks — police and teachers believed 13 chooks were killed in an attack last week.
Yesterday, 21 new chicks arrived at the school, much to the delight of students and staff.
Year 3 student Tyra Loveridge said she was excited to meet the new pets.
‘‘They’re fluffy and sometimes sleepy,’’ the nine-year-old said.
Dion Steigenberger, also nine, said he was looking forward to caring for the chicks.
‘‘They eat a lot,’’ Dion said.
Principal Judy Park said the school had been inundated with offers of new chooks as well as new fencing, cages and security measures.
‘‘It’s very generous,’’ Ms Park said.
‘‘The kids were thrilled to see and hold on to the baby chickens.
‘‘We can only appreciate how kind people have been.’’
Dookie resident Leigh Morey donated the chicks to the school after hearing about the story last week.
‘‘Well, I saw what had happened and I just thought it was not a very nice thing to happen,’’ Mr Morey said.
Mr Morey said he bred chooks to sell and did not think twice about donating the new chicks to the school.
‘‘They deserve to have them’’ he said.
Tyra said she had a message for Mr Morey.
‘‘Thank you very much,’’ she said.
‘‘We will look after them good,’’ Dion added.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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