"They are really a good group of kids," O'Dell said.
On May 16, the students will go on a field trip to release the trout and celebrate with a picnic.
Jack Williams, past president and current member of the Kanawha Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, heads the local program for Trout in the Classroom.
Plans are in the works to change the name of the chapter to the Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited in honor of a founder of the group who recently passed away.
Williams has been part of the program since it was formed in the 1970s. The program has been funded through grants, and some schools have purchased their own equipment, he said.
His chapter has 24 schools involved in Kanawha and neighboring counties and more are on a waiting list. He said students learn the value of teamwork, responsibility, record keeping, chemistry, math and cooperation. Students who may hesitate to participate in other activities often become curious and enthusiastic about this experience, he said.
"Its an interactive learning program about more than the fish," he said.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.
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