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Bellaire Elementary Fourth Graders Release Salmon Into Platte River

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Local elementary school students experienced hands-on learning Thursday and helped Northern Michigan waterways in the process.

Bellaire Elementary fourth graders got to release salmon into the Platte River Thursday.

The salmon release concluded a project that started in November, when the students began raising salmon eggs to learn about their life cycle.

The school says it offered an experience that’s not found in the classroom.

“It gives them an opportunity to put our bookwork and our classroom learning into action, and I think they get a greater appreciation for what we learned by actually seeing and doing it and it’s always a new experience for him to try this,” says Sue Mills, Bellaire Elementary.

The tank used to raise the salmon eggs was donated in honor of Dr. Howard Tanner and Cal Jabara, who were involved in the first salmon release 50 years ago.