Helen Gilbert, Blair Grimes, Glynnis Maundrell, and Heather MacGillivray were part of a delegation from CM Finch Elementary school to speak about the ‘Kokanee in the Classroom’ project that is being deferred./Kimberley Molina
After ten years, Kokanee may not be returning to the classroom.
The program allows students to collect kokanee salmon eggs, hatch them, and then return the salmon fry to the Williston Lake Reservoir.
However, program representatives were told by Bob Coyle, program manager for the Peace/Williston Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, that the program would not be able to continue next school year.
A presentation by made to City Council, Monday, by the principal, two teachers and a fifth grade student from CM Finch Elementary highlighted the importance of the program to students at the school.
Glynnis Maundrell is a teacher at the school and said five classes between grades 3 to 7 participated this year. She said the student’s jobs were to learn about, monitor, and look after the salmon.
The school’s principal, Helen Gilbert, said the program allowed students to experience places they may not have previously known about.
The delegates asked the Fort St. John city council for a letter of support to continue the project.
The total cost of the program was not known at the time.