TIC volunteer and Southwestern Vermont TU Vice President Barry Mayer sets a container of eggs he just delivered to the Village School of North Bennington in this photo that appeared in Monday's Bennington Banner. (Click on the image above to access the full newspaper article.)
Here's what SWVTTU President Chad Walz said in reporting on the coverage.
Just wanted to let everyone know that Erin and Barry made the Village School TIC launch a huge success today. I hear it was quite the shindig!
Emily Gabert, a freelance correspondent for the Bennington Banner (who attended the Village School!), and Banner photographer Holly Pelcyznski were on hand when the eggs arrived. Adam Agnew, a TU member, also took photos and answered trout questions. Other attendees included Norton Kennedy, Village School Board Member Ray Mullineaux, Judie Brower (who called the Banner), Brendan McKenna (husband of teacher, Kathleen), and TU board member Erin Lyon's mom (the Village School art teacher).
Barry gave an EXCELLENT presentation and the kids were totally mesmerized by him and his knowledge. They even knew what "equilibrium" meant!
Erin passed out treats: Swedish fish and Goldfish crackers. And Norton passed out the Encounter outfits and a copy of the Orvis guide to fly fishing and two TU hats and some other swag. Erin said he was beaming with pride afterward.
It sounds like it was really special. Well done, all around. Congratulations!
Thanks to SWVTTU board member Erin Lyons for obtaining the donation that allowed VSNB to join the TIC program--and for bringing the snacks!
Proctor Elementary School egg delivery
Here are some pictures from Danielle Fagan, of Proctor Elementary School, documenting the arrival of their eggs on Friday.
Mount Holly School
On Saturday, Emma Vastola, of Mt. Holly School, sent out this note with its attached pictures, to parents of her 1st grade students.
Dear First Grade Families,
Today was an exciting day in First Grade because our Trout in the Classroom volunteer, Kathy Elhers, came to deliver our Brook Trout fish eggs! Over the next few months the first graders will be learning about animal and plant habitats in Vermont and the importance of water quality and animal life-cycles by raising and releasing Brook Trout. Along the way the students will be learn the practice of science and data collection, to say the least.
From now till Release day in May/June the students will be spending Friday afternoons learning all about things 'fish'. With that in mind, I was wondering if any parents might want to volunteer to make fish themed snacks on Fridays? If you are interested, please let me know!
I have attached a few photos of our first Fish Friday! Included are the students who successfully estimated the correct number of fish! Exactly 100!
Asking for your help
Experienced TIC teacher Steve Flint, of Marty Hogan School, posed this question:
Does anyone know of any books or magazines for elementary students to help them learn more about brook trout? Titles can include comparing brook trout to other fish, their habitats, etc. Most resources we find are focused on fly fishing or too technical for 3rd graders. The unit we are working on developing for next year will likely include comparing the needs of brook trout in Vermont to another type of fish in another part of the world. Any resources that might be appropriate for this would also be helpful.
One of my responses to Steve's inquiry was to suggest that he visit national Trout Unlimited's TIC Web site, especially the "Library List" within its "Resources" section. Find the Library List here.
But we'd like to hear from you. Let Steve and me know what reading materials you'd recommend for his students.
Joe Mark is Lead Facilitator of Vermont's Trout in the Classroom program.
In June 2012, I retired after 40 years in higher education, having spent the last 32 years of my career as dean at Castleton. One of the first things I volunteered to do in retirement was to work with a parent-friend to help the Dorset School, where his kids and my Vermont grandkids attend, start a TIC program. Gradually that commitment grew into my current role, which is both demanding and highly rewarding.