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All Things Salmon-y, Liberation Day

They grow up so fast.

They grow up so fast
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.”

Fourth-grader Koen Unangst practices fly fishing with help from Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited
Fourth-grader Koen Unangst practices fly fishing with help from Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited

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.

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Previous SNN article about the Pine Ridge salmon project

Pine Ridge Elementary PTO

Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited

Fourth-graders, from left, Maggie Sneider, Anna Thornburg, Jacob Harleton, Millie Alt, Koen Unangst, Madi Evans and Miles Metzger on shore just before the big release

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

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