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Fun with fish: Students turn out trout
Students at Axton Elementary School kicked off the official trout release season Tuesday at the Smith River. Students, as well as Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins and Christopher Collins (above foreground), regional director for Sen. Tim Kaine, released the trout near the Great Road river access. (Contributed photo)
The official trout release season for the award-winning Trout in the Classroom program has begun.
On Tuesday, Christopher Collins, regional director for Sen. Tim Kaine, and Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins attended Axton Elementary’s trout release to learn about the program and experience releasing a Brook trout into the Smith River.
At the riverside, students learned firsthand about river ecology, food chains and water quality. Those lessons continued what they learned for the past few months while taking care of the trout in the classroom.
Release day is both sad and exciting for the students and teachers because they know it is time to say good-bye to the young trout they have cared for and because they get to make the field trip to the river, according to a news release from Krista N. Hodges, education outreach coordinator for the Dan River Basin Association.
The release is the final part of the program that began six months ago when the students received a bundle of Brook trout eggs in the classroom. The students raised the trout and cared for them until they reached fingerling size.
The students also got to encounter other wildlife at the release.
Trout in the Classroom is a program of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). DRBA’s mission is to preserve and promote the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River basin through stewardship, recreation and education.