ARGILLITE, Ky. — Fourth grade students at Argillite Elementary School (AES) in Argillite got a closer look at science with the ‘Trout in the Classroom,’ a new science project. Tom Clay of the Kentucky Outdoor Press Association, and Jim Wente of Bert’s Pet Center, recently visited the school to launch the program.
AES school has received trout eggs from Wolf Creek Fish Hatchery, and will raise them to be released in the spring of 2017 in a local stream, according to Principal of AES Tom Crump. Crump told The Daily Times that they are really excited about participating in ‘Trout in the Classroom.’
“Tom Clay came to our school, and he was very good. Jim Wente of Bert Pet Center was also one of our guests. This is a part of the Trout Unlimited program that is actually a nationwide program, so we took it on here at our school,” Crump said. “My fourth grade students are very excited about this program. As far as the trout eggs, we have those in and we’re just watching them and can’t wait until they hatch. In the spring we’re going to release them.”
Two fourth grade classrooms of teachers Annie Peterman, and Samantha Unger are taking part in the program, which includes approximately 50 students, according to Crump.
“With the new science standards coming for fourth grade, this is just a great way to get them interested and aware and to help the learn what it takes for our environment to succeed, and to continue,” Crump said. “We started with the fourth grade this year, because the fourth grade is where the science standards are addressed in the Kentucky State testing, for the fifth grade the focus is social studies standards.
“But we will involve the whole school when they hatch. We will take them around, and everyone will be able to come and look at the aquarium.”
Tom Clay who facilitated ‘Trout in the Class Room’ scientific program, said early outdoors exposure ensures good citizenship.
“If you get a child involved in the outdoors at an early age, they will turn out to be better citizens,” Clay said.
After the trout eggs hatch in spring of 2017, Clay will return to AES.
“We are looking forward to Mr. Clay’s return this spring, and timing it with the help of Jim Wente, who will let us know when it is appropriate to release them into a stream,” Crump said. “We have approximately 100 eggs, and we expect 50 of them or so will make it. That’s what the estimate is.”
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