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Pedal, Paddle, & Fish Field Trip a Success!
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 8:05 AM

More than 125 third graders made great memories at the 9th Annual Pedal, Paddle, and Fish physical-education field trip. Five classes took to the Lake Harriet bike paths (bicycling), waterways (kayaking), and fishing holes (fishing).
 
During this three-hour excursion, students learned proper use of fishing equipment, how to bait hooks and remove fish, how to cast, and how to identify bait and fish. We practiced catch-and-release techniques and used barbless hooks. While fishing from the docks, students caught 162 fish, breaking last year's school record of 142 fish. When canoeing and kayaking, students learned basic paddling techniques, boating etiquette, and water safety. The field trip also encourages character building, cooperative skills, individual successes, and proper trail and water etiquette.
 
Kudos to the third graders who shared bikes and equipment and who were respectful on the trails and at the lake. And many thanks to more than 30 parent helpers and five classroom teachers who contributed their time to supervise and support the field trip.
 
Fishing equipment, equipment transportation, supplies, bait, canoes, kayaks, and life guarding services were donated by Active Solutions. The Burroughs PTA purchased reserve teacher positions that allowed for this event to take place.