Water Studies Meet Water Fun

Jon Holmes, left, explains to Katie Cussimiano how a kayak stays afloat

About 40 sophomores, juniors and seniors in Tammy Coleman’s Advanced Placement biology classes marked the day after exams with the release of nearly 50 salmon they raised in their classroom, with equipment provided by a donation from the Schrems West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited.

After the release into the Grand and Flat rivers’ confluence at the Lowell fairgrounds, students got lessons in safe kayaking from Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, and in fly-fishing from Orvis.

Coleman said the raising of salmon, which her classes have done for at least five years, is curriculum-focused on fish biology, the ecology of the Great Lakes, water biology and chemistry.

“Much of my Ph.D. work was focused on how to get teens involved in the environment, and becoming adults who recreate outside and also care for our Great Lakes,” Coleman said. “So this is something near and dear to my heart.”

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema 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

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