Bishop McCort Catholic High School has been approved for the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Grant for the 2012-13 school year.
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an interdisciplinary program that introduces coldwater conservation education in Pennsylvania schools by raising brook trout, a native coldwater species, from eggs to fingerlings.
"This grant provides our students with an opportunity to learn about the life cycle of trout, as well as, continuing coldwater conservation education," BMCHS biology teacher Stephen Cotchen said. "It is exciting to strengthen the students' connection to the local environment. We are very grateful for the financial support of our sponsor GenOn."
GenOn Energy Inc. in New Florence sponsored a $350 match for BMCHS to receive the grant. Additional funds from GenOn allowed the combined Freshmen Honors and Academic Biology classes to purchase a 60 gallon fish tank. When students return to school in the fall, the eggs will be placed in the tank to begin the program.
This Trout in the Classroom (TIC) project was financed in part by a TIC Start-up Grant awarded to Conemaugh Valley Conservancy/Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team from the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Department of Environment and Ecology.