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'Salmon in the Classroom' is a go

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Two conservation districts said they would fund a school Salmon raising program after the state said it would have to be cut.

Monday was the first day students were back at school with the exciting news, and talk of ‘Salmon in the Classroom' was a hot topic.

"You just get to go to the river and release and watch then grow, and it's going to be really fun," says Derek Walker, Ridge View Elementary 4th grader.

The program has been around for about six years at Ridge View Elementary.  Teachers and students say when they heard it was going to be cut, they were upset. 

A representative from the Benton Conservative District says the program is a crucial learning tool for students in both Benton and Franklin Counties.  After receiving many concerned phone calls, both Benton and Franklin Conservation Districts have put together funding for ‘Salmon in the Classroom.'

"The two conservation districts use the tanks as a tool to bring our local environment into the classroom and get the students out into the environment," says Rachel Little, Benton Conservative District Representative.

Now they hope to run the program indefinitely and continue to give students the opportunity to learn about Salmon first-hand.