May 22nd, 2018
Pennypack Elementary school second grade teacher John Schumann and Guidance Counselor Sarah Carner wrote a grant in 2014 for a program called “Trout in the Classroom”. The Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation awarded them the grant money to kick off the program in 2014. Today the program is still running with the help of Pennypack Home and School Association who funds the project.
“Trout in the Classroom” is used to promote environmental awareness and water conservation while also raising fish through their life cycle.
On May 21st, second and fourth grade students traveled to Tyler State Park to release trout they raised in their classroom. 130 trout’s were released into the Neshaminy creek for the 2018 year.
Second graders study life cycles in their curriculum and fourth graders study water sheds. “Trout in the Class” was able to bring these text book studies to life.
Five stations were held during the day. This year there was: fishing, a nature walk, scavenger hunt, macroinvertbrate area where students learn what trout eat, and a enviroscape to model water sheds.