Over the last few weeks, residents in the small town of Chester have been embroiled in a Rooster Beef.
A husband and wife had proposed a ban on keeping noisy livestock - such as chickens and roosters - in residential neighborhoods.
An extremely well-attended public hearing was postponed when hundreds of angry residents turned out with signs and chicken hats to support the local fowl in this quaint hamlet, described as an "agricultural town."
Well, according to this official notice on the town's web site, the issue has now been resolved, as John and Bonnie Bennet have withdrawn their petition.
But, for many families in Chester, this "Rooster Ruckus" isn't entirely over because it continues to spark some valuable conversations between parents and kids. Many passionate children learned lessons about civic responsibility and standing up for one's beliefs during this process.
"I definitely believe it's good for them to be involved," says Kathleen Bisson, a Chester mom of two kids, Jack and Emi. "They've been very involved. They've had a petition signed at school. They felt it was their duty to save the animals."
In fact, Emi, a third grader, wrote a "Letter to the Editor" for her school newspaper.
Here is an excerpt:
There are more chickens on earth than humans. Over three billion chickens run free in China. It’s ridiculous taking chickens away from Chester when three billion chickens are able to run free in China...chickens are the closest relative to the Tyrannosaurs Rex. It is common for a hen to live 8-10 years. This means that many owners and children can or have become really close to their chickens. If you take them away, these people will be very sad.
Emi and her friend also decided to poll the student body at Chester Elementary School:
A total of two hundred eighteen students were polled. The results showed that 14 students were in support of removing chickens and other squawking animals out of Chester. Two hundred four students want to keep chickens or other squawking animals in Chester.
Now, the kids feel empowered by the end result and the fact that their voices were heard.
Have your children learned any important lessons by becoming involved in town events?