Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region worked with students from St. John's College High School to restore baby shad, called fry, to the Potomac River. Approximately 40,000 students participated in the restoration effort, with support from the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River and GenOn Energy, Inc.
Elizabeth Ogunsanya is a senior at St. John's College High School in Northwest, D.C., where she spent the past week nurturing tiny fish eggs.
"The eggs hatched in a bucket," she says. "And it's been a day or two since then. Then we brought them down to the Potomac to release them so they could hopefully spawn and come back in two years and lay their eggs."
Only a handful of shad out of every 3,000 fry survive into adulthood. But Ogunsanya is confident her fry, who she named Lucas, will be one of the lucky ones.
"We prayed together and I told him that, 'You’re going to make it, out of all the trials and tribulations you may face. You’re going to come back and spawn and make your own babies,'" she says.
Then, on the count of three, she let her baby go.