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Starting their new lives

They are on their own. Officer Keith and the eight other trout raised by Peg Maute’s fifth grade class are swimming free. The fish were recently released into a Byram stream.
 
The class received the rainbow trout eggs through a unique program made possible through a partnership with the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford, New Jersey in association with Trout Unlimited, a national conservation group, and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
 
Of the 80-100 eggs the class received in October, just nine fish made their way into young adulthood. That’s not unusual; in fact, it might be a better survival rate than Mother Nature’s. The trout are incredibly delicate when young, sensitive to the most minute temperature changes and pollutants. When newly born, the fish spend several weeks unable to swim and are defenseless against predators. Even in the fairly stabile environment of the classroom, only the hardiest of the bunch make it out into the world.
 
“The students loved having the trout in the classroom,” said Maute. “Watching them grow from eggs, and learning about them and the importance of clean water conservation was not only educational but offered the students a little fun in a not so normal school year.”
 
The fifth-graders took turns feeding the fish, initially once a day then twice per day in the last few months. A custodian fed the fish when school was not in session.
 
The class named the largest of the trout “Officer Keith” in honor of Mountain View’s altitudinous security officer, Keith Boryeskne, who helped with tank maintenance and often looked in during breaks to check on the fish.


Maureen Beil, a fourth-grader in Melissa Ezro and Anessa Goldkind's class, makes a pine cone the main feature of her bug hotel

Earth Day focuses on conservation, personal contributions

Fourth-graders spent Earth Day immersed in activities that brought attention to environmental issues and the personal contributions that each one of us can make.
 
The highlight was the construction of hotels where bugs can check-in – and also check-out. Using materials such as paper towel tubes, moss, twigs, and leaves that the students brought from home, they constructed bug hotels for their home gardens.
 
While they may not be so welcome crawling up the walls in your own bedroom, bugs are essential for the ecological balance of the world. The natural materials of the hotels encourage the beneficial insects to take up residence. (Ideally, the structures should be placed about five feet off the ground.) It was a lesson about the importance of biodiversity and the cycle of life.
 
Classes also created their own recycled rainbows – arcs of color made from recyclables and clean product packaging. In addition to showing students that art can be created from almost any material, the project made students aware of just how much refuse we each produce every day.
 
Other activities included reading a history of Earth Day and the book “If I Were A Tree,” which shows the variety of products that are produced from trees. The students also created Earth Day posters which focused on specific steps that individuals can take to help preserve the environment.

A recycling rainbow 
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