West Hartford Students Free Fish Raised In Project -- Conservat...

ELIJAH STARKS, 9, center, holds a plastic container as he releases young trout into Burlington Brook in Burlington on Tuesday, with help from Trout Unlimited chapter President Carl Swanson of Bristol. Full Story
Terry B

Newington, CT

#1 Apr 9, 2008
Just want you to know that this story really touched me. Good job
steve01

Hartford, CT

#3 Apr 9, 2008
The title needs changing. It seems like they raised the fish in a project or ghetto.

“Yes, w htfd has a "po" side”

Since: Apr 07

west hartford- the "poor" side

#5 Apr 9, 2008
M Jodi Rell wrote:
Hey West Hartford, wake up call, two, thats two middle school suicides in two days. WTF.
what the heck are you talking about? i didn't hear or see anything about middle school suicides. please fill me in.
wildlife conservationist

Braintree, MA

#6 Apr 9, 2008
Im glad to see that children are learning to take care of and respect nature, especiallt with the declining trout and other native animal populations.
Great Job All!
belle

Manchester, CT

#7 Apr 9, 2008
M Jodi Rell wrote:
Hey West Hartford, wake up call, two, thats two middle school suicides in two days. WTF.
I had heard a rumor about that..Which middle schools??
what a sad day

Chester, CT

#8 Apr 9, 2008
my son brought a letter home from school stating that a king philip student had taken his own life. i haven't heard anything about another student. how absolutely tragic!
Jon

New Britain, CT

#9 Apr 9, 2008
THIS is education, connecting the children in a real and engaging way to learning. A scripted reading curriculum will never so that, nor will standardized bubble tests. Projects like this turn on a kid’s mind to the world around them; it invites them to truly participate in learning. Our schools need more of this… our KIDS need more of this. I commend Smith School, Trout Unlimited, and the DEP. Educational sections like this one can change lives.
belle

Manchester, CT

#10 Apr 9, 2008
what a sad day wrote:
my son brought a letter home from school stating that a king philip student had taken his own life. i haven't heard anything about another student. how absolutely tragic!
How sad... The whole school system should have received a letter.. The kids are talking about it during sports practices..
Dan Leahy in FL

Ocala, FL

#12 Apr 9, 2008
Congratulations Carl, all Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited members and participating teachers! I knew this great event would happen with all the energy and support that grew from CT T.U. Day in New Haven in Feb. 2007. Breaking through barriers that make our youth WANT to learn is a rewarding victory on all fronts, especially in respecting our natural resources. I miss you all!
what a sad day

Chester, CT

#13 Apr 9, 2008
belle wrote:
<quoted text>
How sad... The whole school system should have received a letter.. The kids are talking about it during sports practices..
my son brought home another letter today. this time it was an 8th grader at sedgewick middle school. what is going on??????????
belle

Manchester, CT

#14 Apr 9, 2008
Mine too, The town's BOE just put out another letter on it's website. This is tragic...
what a sad day

Chester, CT

#15 Apr 9, 2008
two hangings in two days... i'm wondering if it was "the choking game" gone too far. how the he!! do you explain this to your kids when you can't even explain it to yourself?!!
Another TIC Participant

Ellington, CT

#16 Apr 9, 2008
Congratulations on our fish release. We have also been raising fish in a 6th grade classroom and looking forward to our release date. It is a great way to reach and involve the students. Once again, congratulations! Many thanks to Trouts Unlimited for their support in this program. It is a shame many are choosing to comment on information not related to this article and not focusing on the good of this program and the excitement of the children.
Top Notch

Enfield, CT

#17 Apr 9, 2008
Smith School is a wonderful, nurturing learning community, and a true inspiration. I had the pleasure of working there at one time. I marveled at the level of passion and professionalism the teachers exhibited. There is a high number of underprivileged children at Smith, many of which deal with lives that some of us could never imagine and none of us would wish on our worst enemy. Any educator will tell you that this type of population can be very difficult to reach. Typically there are a decent number of "behavior issues," language barriers that make reading and writing difficult, and living situations that are bad enough to erase everything that had been taught that day.

The teachers at Smith come in every morning determined to beat the odds and reach those that seem "unreachable." They recognize the heart in their students, even the ones that would make any teacher want to pull his/her hair out on a daily basis. They truly love working with those kids. While some may believe that a teacher must ignite a spark when working with challenging students, teachers at Smith believe that the spark is already there-They just need to work the bellows. The teachers never gave up on anyone. Watching some of these tough kids connect with their teachers or a certain subject was amazing. I'm glad that I was able to experience Smith. Being in that environment has played an important role in the way I conduct my own classroom.

The Science Lab is also unbelievable. It's better equipped than the one at my high school. I loved peeking in there and watching kids who were typically disinterested in school come to life.
Top Notch

Enfield, CT

#18 Apr 9, 2008
I forgot to say that I know this student very well. Great kid, big heart, difficult to reach. I got goosebumps when I was reading the article, then started laughing when I got to the part about Leslie's reaction. I started grinning as soon as I saw the look of concentration on his face. I'm glad that these kids had this opportunity. Another wonderful Science program at Smith!
concerned

Hartford, CT

#19 Apr 9, 2008
steve01 wrote:
The title needs changing. It seems like they raised the fish in a project or ghetto.
You are such a fu$%$NGb idiot. Get a life!!! Jerk!!!
suzanne norman

AOL

#20 Apr 10, 2008
WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL, WE RIPPED THE BELLY OF SOME POOR FROG OPEN, JUST TO LOOK INSIDE!!!!!
MAYBE, THIS GENERATION WILL FINALLY GET "IT" RIGHT. PROVO TO YOUR TEACHERS,HELPERS,COMMUNITY.
OUR MOTHER EARTH IS THE TEACHER OF THE SMALL...TEACHER OF US ALL!!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK..........AWESOME!!!!!!

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