Trout in this classroom are growing

John A Pavoncello
York Dispatch

Things are fishy in Kathleen Green's seventh-grade classroom. Brook trout fishy, to be exact.

Brook trout fry swim around their tank in a York Suburban Middle School science classroom, Monday, March 13, 2017. About 70 of the 150 eggs the seventh-grade class hatched survived and will be released sometime in April. John A. Pavoncello photo

The York Suburban Middle School class is taking part in its first Trout in the Classroom project, and 153 of the eggs they received back in November hatched. Now, four months later, about 70 trout fry have survived and have grown to about 2 inches in length. By the time they are released in late April or early May, Green expects them to be about 4 inches.

York Suburban students work with trout

The students check the aquarium's temperature, water acidity and other chemical levels multiple times a week to make sure conditions for the little trout are perfect. Green is working with Denny Ashton from Starview Sportsmen's Association to coordinate allowing the class to stock the brook trout in a local stream. Along with releasing the fish, the students will have the opportunity to visit the association's trout hatchery and get some fishing lessons.

York Suburban Middle School seventh-grade science students Marcyana Easterly, 12, and Tyler Buss, 13, perform their weekly water-quality tests for their Trout in the Classroom project, Monday, March 13, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

As for Trout in the Classroom, Green says she hopes to expand the project to the school's other seventh-grade classrooms.

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"I wrote a grant for us to get two more aquariums for the other two seventh-grade teachers so all of the seventh grade will have the experience of it," she said.