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Middle school release ducks at Imperial Wetlands

A 20-year tradition at Frank Wright Middle School - News 11's Wiley Jawhary reports

IMPERIAL, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Frank Wright Middle School released ducks into local man-made wetlands in Imperial County on Friday.

Debbie Campbell a sixth-grade teacher at Frank Wright Middle School says the idea behind the ducks is to have them help create a healthy ecosystem in those wetlands.

Campbell says this was for all grades and even for students with special needs.

Robin Elmore works with desert wildlife unlimited which funds and oversees the program. Elmore says the eggs take about 24 to 28 days to hatch. The eggs are then raised in the classroom as part of a science and agriculture class.

After about nine weeks, the mallards are then released into the wetlands. Elmore says it's special to witness these kids get joy out of helping ducks begin a new life.

"It is a lifetime experience for these kids, this gives them a chance to work with nature, see the process of eggs hatching, it brings kids outdoors," she said.

As for Campbell, she says her students have hatched and raised ducks on their playground for the past eleven weeks and are excited to watch them start their new journey.

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