Newell Elementary School students are able to care for fish and plants in an aquaponic system as part of an after-school club. Integration Specialist Krystal Spilger said Newell received a grant from Beyond School Bells for the system, which was installed by Whispering Roots in December 2018. Students began growing things in it in January.
Spilger said Newell was the first Grand Island Public Schools elementary school to have an aquaponic system installed. She added West Lawn and Howard also have aquaponic systems, and Walnut is in the process of getting one installed.
Spilger said there are currently 14 students who care for the aquaponic system in an after-school club. All of the students are fifth-graders.
“I am just starting with the fifth-graders,” she said. “Then, I will have third-graders later on, followed by fourth-graders.”