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Grant School Fishing Trip takes its Fall Fishing Field Trip

On Tuesday, October 21, the Fall 2008 Grant School Fishing Club took its fishing field trip. The students and parents and school staff fished at a private pond. Everyone caught at least one fish, and some students caught as many as 15! The fish were of various sizes and were released back into the pond. On Tuesday, November 4 the club will wrap up its fall sessions with a fish fry celebration.

The Grant School Fishing Club is an after-school program offered to 4th and 5th graders. Two-7 week sessions are held each school year, one in fall and one in the spring. The program is possible through the support of the Grant School Family PTO.

The curriculum for the program is provided by the Department of Natural Resources' Angler Education program and the Future Fisherman Foundation's Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs. Through participation in the Club students earn their Junior Angler patch. Some of the skills and topics covered are: basic tackle and tying fishing knots, identifying fish and choosing bait, fish anatomy, adaptations, and habitat, and safe and ethical fishing practices.

Students are also taught that fishing is a natural avenue for the development of life skills. Fishing is an inexpensive and healthy recreational activity. Fishing also promotes positive lifestyles, communication skills, self-esteem, ethics, and a sense of environmental responsibility.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 4, 2008