Colorado State University Office of Engagement and Alpine Bank-

David Miller of Alpine bank still treasures the values he learned as a 4-H participant growing up in New York. It’s those values, he says, that fueled his commitment to help develop an innovative high school learning program in Palisade, Colorado.

For Palisade High students, the fish hatchery, which began operation in 2019, has provided important new avenues for learning and developing broader environmental awareness. In addition to providing important learning opportunities, Palisade High School Principal Dan Bollinger said the hatchery program has helped strengthen the school’s connections with the surrounding community.

“I love being involved with the community and knowing that I’m helping bring back these endangered species,” said student Ella Steele. “It’s just cool to be a part of something bigger than myself and bigger than the school.” …