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Salmon in the Classroom survives in Central Kitsap

Central Kitsap’s Salmon in the Classroom program been going on longer than the one sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. So when I heard that the state’s Salmon in the Classroom program was being eliminated for budget reasons, I had a hunch that it might not affect Central Kitsap schools.

“The program was too important to us to have it rely on the vagaries of state funding,” Tex Lewis told me for a story in today’s Kitsap Sun.

In March 2009, sixth-graders at Woodlands Elementary School observed a two-headed salmon hatched in an aquarium as part of the Salmon in the Classroom program.
Kitsap Sun photo

Lewis is a leader with the Clear Creek Task Force, which took over the program when the Central Kitsap Kiwanis Club disbanded. (See Brynn Grimley’s July 7 story in the Kitsap Sun.)

Reporter Susan Gilmore’s article in the Seattle Times described how the state was eliminating its Salmon in the Classroom program to save more than $200,000 a year for Fish and Wildlife. The program involves environmental education for an estimated 40,000 students each year, she reported.

Paul Dorn, salmon recovery coordinator for the Suquamish Tribe, told me that the state’s program has supported a few aquariums in Kitsap County, and he hopes the tribe can pick up the cost for continuing and possibly expanding the program outside of Central Kitsap. Check out my story in the Kitsap Sun for details.
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