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Fishing teaches life lessons

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BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) -

A group of area students put down their books and cast a rod Thursday.

The members of Brookland Middle School’s Fishing Club traveled to Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro to see if the fish were biting.

Fishing Club Sponsor Kristi Young said the students are taking away life lessons from participating in the club.

“It is awesome team building,” Young said. “We have sixth-grade boys working with fifth-grade boys. They are baiting each other’s hooks. They are kids that normally wouldn’t work together, but today their friends. Getting out of the classroom and getting outdoors and getting a hands-on fishing experience.”

Young said though this is the first year for the club, they’ve had a huge response.

 “We’ve had a full load every semester,” Young said. “We actually even had to turn some kids away that wanted to be in the fishing club.

Sixth-grade student Tyler Hammett said he’s having a ball.

“I love it,” Hammett said. “We get out of school and we get to go fishing. It’s pretty fun. I like catching fish and stuff. But the only thing I don’t like is getting hung.”

Fellow sixth-grade student Cash Lenderman said it’s also a great chance for students to try something different.

“I think it’s a very good opportunity,” Lenderman said. “For most people out here, that don’t get to go fishing and their life situation that they have. I think this is a very good thing that they do for us, Ms. Randy and Ms. Young.”

12-year-old Austin Cambron said catching a fish is thrilling.

“When you hook something,” Cambron said. “Your heart starts beating really fast. And just being out there.”

Young said the kids are having a great time, but they’re taking away something far more valuable.

“I want them to be able to have this team building experience,” Young said. “We have fifth and sixth-grade boys collaborating and working together. We’re learning about fish conservation. We’re learning about how to get outdoors this summer. Get out at the pond and go fishing together and be friends with one another. We have so many things with bullying in the schools nowadays or kids on Facebook, social media and electronics. This just gives the kids another out and they can work together and have fun outdoors rather than inside all the time.”

Young said her partnership with Bass Pro and the Mississippi Monster tournament has helped make this club possible.

“My husband and I run the Mississippi Monster tournament out of the Bass Pro in Memphis,” Young said. “So, this gave me the fishing background. He and the tournament have worked together to sponsor some of this that we’ve done this year. We give away door prizes every week. And it’s helped us be able to do that.”

Young said she’d like to see the program grow.

“I wish we could do more with this,” Young said. “I wish we could have a fishing derby. There are things we could do and collaborate together. It’s been great for the kiddos and for the school, so I hope others do choose to do this in the future.

There are 32 boys in the fishing club.

Young said due to the popularity, they plan to bring the fishing club back next year.

Young also said that all the fifth and sixth-grade teachers sponsor a club in order to try and give students the opportunity to participate in an area that interests them.

There are 20 or more clubs for students at Brookland Middle School.

 For more information about Brookland Middle School, click here.

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