Students excited to raise trout in the classroom
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Communion of Saints Catholic school are experiencing an impressive environmental education program, Trout in the Classroom (TIC).
TIC gets students involved in raising trout from eggs while also monitoring tank water quality and studying stream habitat. Through this program, the students learn to appreciate water resources, foster a conservation ethic, and understand and respect ecosystems.
“Because our fifth-graders were involved with this program last year, they are lending their support and expertise to help further develop the fourth-graders understanding,” said Chrystal Manos, Communion of Saints School principal. “It’s so wonderful to see the students’ enthusiasm and comaraderie as they collaborate with their peers in raising these trout. We are grateful our students have this wonderful opportunity.”
Initially, the eggs were growing in breeding baskets, but now approximately 80 trout have been released into a 45-gallon tank and are swimming freely. Each day, students record the activity of the fish, measure the water quality and wait as the trout develop.
At the end of the school year, the trout will be released into a state-approved stream, and the students will have gained a better understanding of this particular ecosystem, as well as the responsibility and respect that coincides with nurturing and development.
TIC was made possible at Communion of Saints School through the efforts of Kevin Lynn, a member of the school advisory committee who sought funding for the program and found a generous donor. Lynn also provides support during off-school hours. The Emerald Necklace Chapter of Trout Limited founded this project and furnished the school with the trout and other necessary supplies.
Communion of Saints School’s goal is to continually challenge and engage its students. For more information about the school and its student programs, visit www.communionofsaintsschool.org or call 216-932-4177.
Julie Salman is the admissions director at Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights.