On the morning of March 18, both fourth grade classes at Wardlaw-Hartridge Skyped with a fifth grade class from Montebello Elementary School in Suffern, NY that was also involved in a Trout in the Classroom
Kathy Meier, Lower School Science & Technology teacher who has been leading this project, reported, "It was very interesting because in New Jersey we are raising Brook Trout, but in their area of New York, they are raising Brown Trout. While our tank is full of trout, their tank only has 8 remaining. They had a lot of their eggs die. They never developed into Alevin or into Fry, which is where our fish are now. The Montebello students were amazed by our tank with the 75 fish swimming inside. In previous years, they had greater success."
The Wardlaw-Hartridge and Montebello students had the opportunity to question one another about the project. Mrs. Meier said that both groups learned that "as much as we realize that we are not to get attached to the fish, it is very sad to release them."
In early May, the Wardlaw-Hartridge students will release their trout in the Musconetcong River. The TIC project was made possible by a Mini Grant from The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association