Palisade High School Fish Hatchery Receives Endangered Fish

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PALISADE, Colo.

Not many of us use Algebra we learned in high school, but some lessons may actually, last a lifetime.

Patrick Steele is a Science teacher at Palisade High School, and has started the Palisade High School fish hatchery. “To be able to learn some life skills of just taking care of something like a razorback sucker,” says Steele.

Addie Steele is a senior this year, and she’s part of the hands-on program. “It’s a great kind of oasis, you know? Here at school, but also away from it,” says Addie.

One teacher’s vision five years ago turned into a fundraiser, and then the construction project known as the Palisade High School Fish Hatchery. “My biggest motivation was to create an experience that you can’t have at any other school,” says Patrick. This vision’s not just shared by other students, but also shared by his daughter, another student. Addie says, “I know how passionate my dad is, and that’s my passion too. Learning from him, and seeing all the things he’s done, and all the hard work he’s put into this.”

The 200 fish being raised today will be released next year on their birthday. “This is a prime location to be able to raise these endangered species, and then release them in April and help that recovery program,” says Patrick.

The kids here aren’t just learning about the circle of life. They’re learning about the circle of productivity. “It’s a good opportunity to show how life re-circulates through all of it. So, we have to focus on taking care of something like this along with ourselves with everything going on in the world,” says Palisade High senior, Jack Terrin. Addie says, “Basically, if we didn’t have these fish in the river, we wouldn’t have clean water to basically, produce agriculture, and our irrigation, and all these essential things palisade thrives on. I think it’s amazing fish can do so much!”

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