About 150 small bass swam off at Bull Creek Fish Camp on May 20 as part of Old Kings' release party.
Students at Old Kings Elementary School embraced their inner fish farmers over the last six weeks as they cared for about 150 small striped bass. On May 20 they released the bass into the water at Bull Creek Fish Camp in Bunnell. This educational experience was part of a STEM initiative called Small Fry to Go (SFtG) that encourages students in pre-K through eighth grade to learn about ecosystems and habitats.
The Old Kings students were excited to have this hands-on experience and said they enjoyed the release party.
"It was cool to see [the bass] grow overtime and start their new life," said fifth-grader Austin Weeks, who eagerly volunteered to scoop fish from buckets to the water.
Old Kings Principal Benjamin Osypian said about 1,200 students in kindergarten to sixth grade were involved with this life cycle process over the last six weeks.
When the school obtained the striped bass, they were only half an inch long, but they grew to be 3 to 5 inches by the time of the release party.
For more information on SFtG, visit www.smallfrytogo.net.