Flying Fish soar like birds

More than 30 unique salmon have found their way onto the Dungeness River Audubon Center's roof.

Sequim High School ceramics teacher Jake Reichner led his students, grades nine-12, in creating clay fish last spring for a classroom-based assessment, a state-required assignment.

Powell Jones, education coordinator for Dungeness River Audubon Center, contacted several art teachers in Sequim about doing a project for the center and Reichner responded.

"It shows a community cooperation with the schools showing that we like to display what they do," Jones said.

There are several unfinished fish, which Reichner plans for students this year to finish.

"It's really caught on with the students," he said.

"I might try and have a few birds made with advanced students."

Two more panels of fish will be placed before the end of the year.

"I like to think teachers are trying to get more things into the community," Reichner said.

In the future, he might lead an installation for the high school's library and his parents' lavender farm, Purple Haze Lavender, but Reichner said he doesn't want to overdo the motif throughout the town.

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