Hooked on learning

July 27, 2017

Third graders in the Summer Success program got hooked on learning - literally. About 30 kids spent the day fishing as part of their Marvelous Minnesota unit. During the past three weeks they learned all about our great state, including history, government, economy and state symbols. On Tuesday the students got an up-close look at one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes as they fished off the dock at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. While nobody caught the state fish (walleye) they did hook plenty of sunnies and even a turtle. Members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office joined the kids and helped them bait their hooks and reel in their catch.

Teacher Jennifer Mankowski said it was an experience the kids won't soon forget.

"We had such a great time!" said Mankowski. "The kids will remember this for the rest of their lives. When I asked them today what their favorite part of Summer Success was, it was a resounding cry of "fishing!" Some kids had never gone fishing before. I am so grateful to Washington County Sheriff's Office and Washington County Parks MN for giving them this amazing experience."

Summer Success is a highly interactive summer learning program for students entering first through seventh grade. It’s designed to give students the opportunity to catch up to classmates and better prepare them for the coming year.

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