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Trout Are Coming to Grace Academy

Trout in the Classroom

Grace Academy’s sixth grade students will receive a hands-on learning experience through the Trout in the Classroom program. The trout eggs will be delivered to the classroom on Wednesday, December 14.

Sixth grade students in the general science class will be responsible for daily care for the trout, including feeding the fish, evaluating water pH, and cleaning the tank. Students will apply Trout in the Classroom to their learning of ecosystems, fish anatomy, classification of species, and life cycles throughout the academic year.

“I think this is a great opportunity for students to not only learn about water quality and responsibility but the importance of life and growing,” said Charlie Mandracchia, general science and biology teacher at Grace Academy.

Once grown, the sixth graders plan to release the trout to a stream in Kiwanis Park in Hagerstown in mid-May.

Grace Academy received a grant from the Aquatic Resources Education Grant Program that covered the cost of Trout in the Classroom equipment.

Grace Academy celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall and has been committed to quality Christian education since its inception. Located on a 33-acre campus just one mile from I-81 and one hour from Washington, D.C., Grace Academy is a non-denominational, independent school that serves students in the tri-state area age three through grade 12. The school has 11 athletic teams and has won a combined 23 MDCC Championship titles. Grace Academy is accredited by the State of Maryland and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).


Kimber Morgan