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Trout In The Classroom 2018

If you live in any of these school districts or if you have children or grandchildren attending these schools we can always use assistance in the delivery of rainbow trout eggs and other assistance the teachers may need throughout the school year.

Thanks to the following Egg Day CJTU Volunteers: John Wester, Larry Gove, Jim Frace, Stephen Burley, Sonia Reynes, John Young and Ozzie.

John Wester and Bart Lombardo are now the CJTU Coordinators for the Trout in the Classroom Program.

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Alexander Batcho Intermediate School in Manville. Pictures of 12 inch rainbow trout pasted on the aisle floor lead up to the classroom.

Trout in the Classroom
Approximately 150 rainbow trout eggs were delivered to the Alexander Batcho Intermediate School on Egg Day. The eggs were then placed in petri dishes and the students picked out the white dead eggs and discarded them. The rest of the orange “eyed eggs” were placed into a breeder basket in the darkened 55 gallon aquarium. Take note that I am holding a thank you care package filled with candy, cookies and trail-mix goodies. You too can be showered with these delectable morsels, so join in the fun and become a TIC volunteer and a celeb to these enthusiastic students.

I visit a few schools that participate in the program with an interactive presentation, A Video for Trout in the Classroom Students. It is a narrated video presentation which includes footage of trout in their underwater environment. The presentation is of 30 minutes duration, and interaction with the students during the presentation extends the time to 40 minutes or more depending upon your schedule.

It shows the students where the trout eggs came from, and what happens to the trout after their release. Included is the life cycle of both hatchery-bred and wild brook trout that reproduce naturally in our streams and rivers, the food they eat, their predators, and other perils that trout face throughout their life cycle. It also includes the spawning sequence of wild brook trout from the physical changes that take place in the fall, to the final spawn.

You can join me and witness the questions and rapt attention I get in a classroom or auditorium full of youngsters. Drop me an email at and I’ll contact you with the name of the school where I will be presenting this program.

Ozzie Ozefovich

Central Jersey TU Schools
2017 - 2018 School Year

Purnell School, Pottersville
Bright Beginnings, Learning Center Piscataway
Spotswood High School, Spotswood
Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren
Monroe Township High School, Monroe Township
Alexander Batcho Intermediate School, Manville
Van Holten Primary School, Bridgewater
Angelo L Tomaso Elementary School, Warren
New Road School, Parlin
Middlesex County Vo-Tech, East Brunswick
Perth Amboy High School, Perth Amboy
Edmund Hmieleski ECC, Perth Amboy
Bridgewater Raritan High School, Bridgewater
Warnsdorfer School, East Brunswick

We also can use help in the macroinvertebrate identification program. The macroinvertebrates will be picked up at the Pequest Hatchery and delivered to the schools that participate in the identification program. Some of the students enjoy picking through the leaves and debris and others choose to just observe.