Through a $6,935 continuation grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, Middle Township School District (Cape May County) teachers Chuck Gehman, Bill Doan, John King, and John Dattalo will engage more students in Aquaculture Across the Curriculum II. This program will continue producing tilapia fish and will incorporate a new shrimp facility that is expected to produce approximately 100 pounds of shrimp each year. An existing greenhouse in the school’s courtyard will serve as the shrimp facility which is expected to be as successful as the tilapia farm. The fish and shrimp will produce offspring for future crops allowing the project to be self-sustaining for future students. Horticulture students have created a system that allows vegetable crops to be produced using fish wastes.
Students from several self-contained special education classes will participate at the shrimp facility, implementing a hands-on approach to some of the topics they will learn. Working in the new shrimp facility will also offer these students an opportunity to learn outside the classroom.
Students will harvest the fish, shrimp, and vegetables for a year-end celebration with the school and community.
Once implemented, the program will be able to sustain itself. Students will sell vegetables to help fund the project, as well as solicit donations form local businesses.
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