The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) is pleased to announce that nearly $15,000 has been awarded to educators across Pennsylvania through the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Grant Program. Funding will be used to purchase equipment and supplies to maintain existing Trout in the Classroom tanks and set up new ones, pay for transportation and other field trip expenses, and provide teachers with the materials and equipment they need to integrate the TIC curriculum into their classrooms.
These grants are made possible with financial assistance from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) through an R3 Education Grant and the generous support of Trout Unlimited chapters across the state, which provide matching funds and classroom support.
Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom is a hands-on education program in which students raise rainbow trout from eggs to fry in classroom aquariums before releasing them into a PFBC-approved stream at the conclusion of the school year.
“We are pleased to partner each year with the Fish and Boat Commission to provide funding and support to teachers across the state who wish to engage their students in watershed education through the TIC program,” said Rachel Kester, Program Director and TIC Coordinator for the PA Council of Trout Unlimited. “These students are our future stream stewards, and this program helps them develop a sense of caring, not only for the trout, but for the natural world around them.”
The following schools and organizations will receive funding for the 2022-23 school year:
- Abington Height School District, Clark Summit – Startup equipment for new program.
- Bedford Middle School, Bedford – Program equipment and supplies.
- Cheltenham Elementary School, Cheltenham – Program equipment and curriculum support materials.
- Conemaugh Township Area School District, Davidsville – Field trip support.
- DuBois Area Middle School, DuBois – Field trip support.
- Environmental Charter School -Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh – Startup equipment for new program.
- Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Ashley – Curriculum support materials and program supplies.
- Hereford Elementary School, Hereford – Program supplies.
- J.T. Lambert Intermediate School, East Stroudsburg – Startup equipment for new program.
- Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern – Startup equipment for new program.
- Manor Middle School, Lancaster – Startup equipment for new program.
- Mapletown Jr/Sr High School, Greensboro – Startup equipment for new program.
- Montessori Academy of Chambersburg, Chambersburg – Startup equipment for new program.
- Nazareth Area Middle School, Nazareth – Field trip support.
- Norristown Farm Park, Norristown – Startup equipment for new program.
- Northampton High School, Northampton – Startup equipment for new program.
- Northgate School District, Pittsburgh – Field trip support and program supplies.
- Palmerton Area High School, Palmerton – Startup equipment for new program.
- Schuylkill Haven Area High School, Schuylkill Haven – Field trip support.
- Smethport Area High School, Smethport – Program equipment and curriculum support materials.
- Trinity Middle School, Washington – Startup equipment for new program.
- Wattsburg Area Middle School, Erie – Field trip support.
- Wellsboro Area High School, Wellsboro – Program equipment.
- Wilson School District, Reading – Program equipment and supplies.
For more information about the TIC Program visit: www.patroutintheclassroom.org.