Bataan Intermediate Elementary student Taylor Bollinger perfects her cast as her mom, Heather Martin looks on. Both took part in the annual grade 3 fishing trip, part of the ODNR Passport to Fishing program.
Grade 3 students at Bataan Memorial Intermediate Elementary School recently participated in the Passport to Fishing program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) - Division of Wildlife. Mr. Bob Hathaway, Guidance Counselor and certified Passport to Fishing Instructor, taught the students in four areas of fishing: habitat and handing of fish; knots and rigging; casting; and local information/resources.
Mr. Hathaway stated, “The intent of the program is to teach a lifelong hobby which can be inexpensive but very enjoyable,” said Mr. Hathaway.
The ODNR – Division of Water Safety also taught students about wearing life jackets and how to be safe around water. Each third grade student gets about 4 hours of instruction before they take the final test, the fishing trip to Kathy and Jerry Rusk's ponds. They are assisted by staff and numerous parent volunteers. The Passport to Fishing program provides each student who completes the course a brand new casting reel and pole.
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