They grow up so fast.
We introduced you earlier this year to Pine Ridge Elementary fourth-graders involved in a year-long Michigan Department of Natural Resources program that provides grants to schools that sign on to care for fertilized eggs until they can be released as young salmon into local rivers.
That day arrived last week, as students released 106 three-to-five-inch salmon into the Thornapple River near the Ada Covered Bridge.
The program teaches students about the life history of fish, natural resources conservation and the importance of the Great Lakes and fishing to Michigan culture. “They love it,” said teacher Liz Miller. “It gets them thinking about real-life situations, and they get very attached to the fish.”
This was Pine Ridge’s second year in the program, thanks to support from the school’s PTO and sponsor Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited.