On April 20, the seventh and eighth grade students at Sugar Valley Rural Charter School had a hands-on learning experience come to an end.
In October of last year, the school received 386 viable Brook Trout eggs. For the past six months the students have raised the trout into young fingerlings.
While the experience came with the loss of some of the eggs, fry, and fingerlings; the joy of releasing 176 healthy fingerlings into their natural habitat was well worth it. The release was not scheduled to take place until April 26, however, on the morning of April 20 the filter of the tank began to malfunction and an emergency release was necessary.
This is the second year SVRCS has participated in the Trout in the Classroom Program. Last school year, they released 48 fingerlings into Long Run.
Again this year the students learned to test the PH, ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels of the water. They fed the trout and conducted water changes within the tank on an as needed basis.
This program is a wonderful learning experience for the students and they are looking forward to another successful release next school year.