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Way to Go Third Graders!
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:30 AM

They had a great time pedaling, paddling, and fishing at Lake Harriet!

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. About thirty students at a time ventured from the Burroughs gym, around the lake, and back for a 3-hour PE field trip. There were more than 150 bicycles and 6 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 third-grade riders showed respect for other riders, skaters, joggers, and walkers and used good bicycle safety skills and 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 the fishing dock and caught 300 fish, but 20 got away. The school record is 371 fish. While 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 were donated by Active Solutions. The Burroughs PTA purchased reserve teacher positions and provided a certified lifeguard 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 thank everyone for their help and participation!