Recently, more than 100 Highlander Way Middle School students said
goodbye to the Chinook salmon that they have helped raise since
November. As part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Salmon
in the Classroom (SIC) program students in Mrs. Kristie Hannon’s eighth
grade science classes watched as the salmon grew from eggs to fry. The
students cared for the fish as they used them to learn about the
environment and factors that can impact it. The salmon were released
into the Red Cedar River in Okemos.
In addition to releasing the
salmon, students learned about sport fishing, invasive species that can
be found in the Great Lakes and water quality testing from members of
Project F.I.S.H. Project F.I.S.H is an educational program for youth and
families sponsored locally by schools, fishing conservation
organizations, others interested in fishing and our fisheries.
think it was actually pretty cool releasing the salmon because you got
to go in there and let them go. It was pretty cool to watching them swim
off after watching them grow all year,” said Jason Legowsky Highlander
Way Middle School eighth grade student.
SIC is a yearlong natural
resources program in which teachers receive fertilized salmon eggs from a
DNR hatchery in the fall, hatch them, feed and raise the fry through
the spring and then release the young salmon into a local river that is a
tributary of the Great Lakes.
Highlander Way Middle School was
one of approximately 200 schools statewide to take part in the SIC
program for the 2015-2016 school year. This is the third year that
Hannon has participated in the program.