Creston Valley school students, including those in Bountiful and Yaqan Nukiy, are busy painting wooden cutouts of sturgeon fish, which will be mounted on the chain-link fence beside the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The catch of 732 cutouts — from J.H. Huscroft Ltd. mill ends — is the result of efforts by Creston resident Ian Currie, who cut each of them out.
“I couldn’t believe it when Ian volunteered to do them all,” Judy Gadicke said last week. “What a guy!”
Gadicke, who teaches at Canyon-Lister Elementary School, said a small grant from Columbia Basin Trust was stretched by discounts offered by Pyramid Building Supplies for paints, brushes and saw blades.
The sturgeon cutouts will be painted and mounted on the fence in a similar fashion to the Stream of Dreams mural installed on the Centennial Park south fence last year.
“I asked for and received permission to use the Stream of Dreams concept on a sturgeon theme,” Gadicke said.
Painting the fish has become part of students’ studies of sturgeon. Each spring elementary school students take part in a sturgeon release program.
“This year, the sturgeon release coincides with Rick Hansen’s visit to Creston to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Man in Motion tour,” she said. “Rick has written a book about sturgeon and we are going to ask him if he will paint one of the fish for the mural.”
In addition to writing Tale of a Great White Fish, a children’s book, Hansen also hosts an annual tag and release sturgeon fishing tournament.
Gadicke said students will finish painting the fish after spring break and that the cutouts will be installed on the fence in time for the Man in Motion 2012 tour and sturgeon release event on April 18.