Williamsport Area High School
The Hub of our Tanks in Schools Program
Read about our Tanks in Schools program in the July/August 2013 edition of Coral Magazine. Main article (3.5 MB .pdf) | Article about Lake-Lehman's program | Article about Walnut Street School program
In May, 2015 we successfully had our anemone propagation system funded with $2324 in support from DonorsChoose.org. All of our donors will be individually recognized on our information display at our main display. Read about our project here.
In August, 2015 we had our second project, a clownfish breeding room, funded with over $2000 in support from DonorsChoose.org. All of our donors will be individually recognized on our information display at our main display. Read about our project here.
We received a $3000 PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Grant to cover the cost of expanding our Neptune Systems Apex monitoring and control system. We added a data collection and display computer system that allows us to feed data to a web site and to two 24" and one 46" LED/LCD monitors above two of the tanks so math and science students can monitor and study trends in water quality. This grant was secured by Larry Flint, a teacher at the school. See the press release (.pdf file).
Our 500,000 square foot school building is arranged with a hub-and-spoke floor plan. The first floor hub of the school is home to all of the tanks. Over 2000 students, faculty, staff and visitors pass through the hub each day and our school hosts many regional and statewide events each year when people visit the aquariums.
The Williamsport Area High School has a number of aquaria supported by Larry and Jennifer Flint. A 125 gallon reef tank is located in the library lobby and a 55 gallon clownfish tank is in the main hallway of the school. The other four display tanks are in the school's central hub. Regular maintenance is done by Larry, Jen and a the school's Aquarium Club.
The main hub tanks include a 650 gallon predator tank, two 300 gallon Marineland Deep Dimension reefs and a 125 gallon reef. We also have two 90 gallon frag tanks, a 180 gallon soft coral grow out tank and six 40 gallon breeder tanks along with our three 40 gallon quarantine system.