[Photo]: Ruby, the bunny at ECMS-Inglewood.
WHILE THE WHITE TIGER IS THE ECS MASCOT, OUR BUNNIES AND CHICKENS GIVE THE WILD CAT A RUN FOR ITS MONEY
Meet Ruby, one of our campus bunnies. On any given day across our campuses, you’re likely to find one of our adorable bunnies hopping around the campus yard — munching on campus compost and teaching our students to be tender.
[Video]: Snowball going on an adventure in his home ecosystem.
Bunnies on campus teach our students to be considerate and gentle, and also serve as a reminder to students and staff that we are all part of a system. By using organic food waste to feed the bunnies–and the bunnies’ waste to fertilize our soil–ECS students learn first hand that they can turn "waste" into useful resources. In other words, one rabbit’s trash can be another soil bed’s treasure!
“I want students to know that they are part of a system and that they can make a change in that system. I’m empowering students to learn that the change they make can be a positive one.”
— Mike Pack, Horticulture Teacher
Bunnies are not the only member of the animal kingdom you can find roaming ECS campuses. At our High School, more than half-a-dozen chickens enjoy pecking around and celebrating passing periods with our students. These chickens aerate our soil, put food on our tables and brighten our days.
While the animals on campus may serve as a furry friend to some, for others they are inspiring senior thesis topics. While reflecting on the lack of access to affordable, healthy food in many low-income communities, Senior Tulsi Patel decided that she wanted to take action by bringing chickens into homes to provide families with access to free, fresh eggs on a daily basis.
[Photo]: David and Tulsi with one of our chickens.
All of these living creatures play a part in the ecosystem we create on campus, one that mirrors how much we value our students, our staff and our planet. If you haven’t seen our living campuses for yourself, we invite you to come visit. Sign up for a student-led tour today.