Covenant Day Schools "Green Fish" aquaponics program to benefit Haiti remains on schedule as the school year begins, even after the interruption of summer vacation. Teacher and project leader Clifford Chin says thats in no small part due to the efforts of rising senior James Dillon.
James "was very helpful in coordinating workdays for the students because during the summer, theyre off and away," Chin said. "He was instrumental in contacting students on Facebook and getting them to volunteer.
"We had to move in almost 2 tons of gravel. I asked James if he could find some students to help with that. He arranged a Saturday workday where 15 to 20 students came out to do that. We knocked it out in about an hour and a half."
he schools project is designed to combat the growing hunger in Haiti, the site of annual mission trips by Covenant Day students and faculty. The aquaponics system is designed to grow fish and vegetables in a system Chin hopes will be adopted in Haiti.
"We have our prototype system up and running, and we have got it cycling to where the bacteria is starting to grow," Chin said. "We planted some seedlings" and will be adding the fish by early September.
"Our vision is that when we get the fish in, well be operating the system in about a month or so and we can take it to Haiti next February. ... Theres a possibility that well have a small class offering that will be working in this area."