Trout release marks finale of class project

About 60 Riverside Elementary fourth-graders cheered and clapped Friday afternoon while gathered on a bridge at Lions Park in West Liberty, during the conclusion of a project that they conducted this year.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Riverside Elementary School student Teegan Thompson, kneeling and wearing a pink outfit, releases a brown trout Friday into the Mad River at Lions Park in West Liberty while her fourth-grade peers watch. ABOVE: Don Dean of the Madmen Chapter of Trout Unlimited, right, holds a brown trout for Riverside Elementary fourth-grader Gracie Fry during a release of the fish Friday into Mad River at Lions Park. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

The pupils were releasing several brown trout into the Mad River they had raised since December in a classroom aquarium. Students watched the trout hatch from eggs and grow into fish that would be able to navigate the river waters and fend off predators.

This activity was made possible through the Madmen Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s Trout in the Classroom program, which also is being conducted at several other area schools.

“It’s been a blast and the kids love it,” said fourth-grade teacher Catherine Eastman, who helped to coordinate the project for Riverside. “They’re at an age right now where they’re naturally curious, and this project fits really well with that.”

“It’s been a great experience for them,” agreed elementary intervention teacher Marie Baughman, who also assisted with the trout release. “They’ve learned about the different life phases of the trout and have enjoyed researching all about them.”


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