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2013 "Pedal, Paddle and Fish" -- Thank You!
Saturday, October 05, 2013 9:10 AM

What a success for Burroughs School and the annual Third Grade; Pedal, Paddle and Fish physical education field trip. Five classes; over 150 Burroughs students took to the Lake Harriet bike paths (bicycling), waterways (kayaking) and fishing holes (fishing) for an adventurous event at Lake Harriet. About thirty students at a time ventured from the Burroughs gym, around the lake to the Band Shell and back for a 3 hour Physical Education field trip (that's about 150 laps around the lake or about 510 miles). There were more than 150 bicycles, 4 tag-alongs and 5 trailers in the front atrium (it looked like a bike shop in the hallways at Burroughs); many students were willing to share their bikes with those students that did not have access to one. The 3rd grade riders showed respect for other riders/bladders/joggers/walkers and used good bicycle safety skills and used respectful bicycle etiquette. Many compliments were given to the students from other park users. Over 40 parent helpers and 5 classroom teachers contributed with supervision and support. Thank you teachers and parents!

While at our favorite fishing holes, students learned: proper identification and use of fishing equipment, baiting hooks (not required), removing fish from hooks (not required), casting techniques, presentation of bait and fish identification (no fishing experience was necessary). We practiced catch and release techniques and used barbless hooks. Students fished from fishing docks, shoreline and by wading out into the water (up to their knees). When canoeing and kayaking, students learned basic paddling stroke techniques, boating etiquette and water safety; no experience was necessary. Character building, cooperative skills, individual success, bicycle maintenance, trail and water etiquette and bicycle and boating safety were all emphasized. Fishing equipment, supplies, bait, canoes, kayaks and transportation of that equipment was provided by Active Solutions. The Burroughs PTA purchased reserve teacher positions that allowed for this event to take place.

College students from the Augsburg College, who are working toward their physical education licensure, attended as observers and helpers.
Mr. Hill and Mr. Peterson