National Geographic : 1992 Jun
There's something fishy going on at Washington Elementary School in Eureka, California. Literally. For five years, Jeff Self and his students have run a fish hatchery that spawns salmon and alifelong fascination with science. "In essence;' explains Jeff, "our fish hatchery isour school laboratory. It's a great way to tie the physical, earth and life sciences together for our students in a relevant way'.' Every January, Jeff brings adult steel head fish and spawns them at a school assembly. Thus begins a four-month process in which the students first incubate the eggs in the hatchery. Once hatched, the steelhead fry are cared for by the students until it's time to release them in their native river. It's a process that never fails to instill asense of wonder in the students. "Seeing their bright, inquisitive eyes as they watch a salmon egg being hatched makes all the effort worthwhile;' says Jeff. State Farm is honored to present Jeff with our Good Neighbor Award. We are also delighted to make acontribu tion of $5,000 to Washington Elementary School in his name. Jeff Self.Thanks to his innovative science teaching, his students really get into the swim of things. STATE FARM INSURANCE STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES ® Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois The Good Neighbor Award was developed incooperation with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).