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Little Friends of the River 2014-2015
Three sites participated in LFR in the 2014-2015 school year: P.S. 77, South Bronx Headstart #1, and Mid-Bronx Headstart.
Though we were unable to provide monthly classroom visits, Museum Guides still kept in touch with both schools and TIC administrators to ensure that everything was running smoothly. We were also able to provide a bus visit from Rivers On the Go! as a compliment to the natural science studies classes were undertaking through LFR. In addition, the Museum facilitated the trout release in May at Ward Pound Ridge.
“Having trout in the classroom made a world of difference in the excitement and learning of my students, both Kindergarten and Pre-K. The ability to watch and interact on multiple levels with an organism as it developed offered innumerable opportunities to extend the learning from the classroom to the wider community to the world. And seeing the trout "graduate" to the river will never be forgotten by our students or the parents who participated.”
–Damian Griffin, Science Cluster Teacher at P.S. 77 and former Education Director of the Bronx River Alliance
Mr. Griffin escorts a group of Pre-K and Kindergarten children from P.S. 77 to Ward Pound Ridge to release their trout.
VIDEO: So Long to Bedford
Students sing "Happy Free-Day" to "Bedford," the last trout to be released. (Bedford was named in honor of their school, Bedford Park Elementary/P.S. 77.)
A student from P.S. 77 examines some of the macroinvertebrates her trout will feast on now that it is released into the river.
Students at Ward Pound Ridge take field notes during their trout release.