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NFC: Re: Native Fish Conservancy Digest V1 #506

Just an additional note, Our club has installed & maintained a pond at a local
grammar school for the last few years. The kids have really enjoyed and learned
from this experience. This last summer, we had 25 students who showed up every week
during their summer vacation to continue helping maintain the pond. Other schools
have now approached us requesting our help in re-constructing existing ponds and
installing new ones for them. The word does spread and the results will be seen in
our future generations. If anyone is interested in seeing this pond, it is Pond # 9
on our 1999 Pond Tour link.  Have a great day, Donna

Native Fish Conservancy Digest wrote:

> Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 00:33:39 -0500
> From: Chris Hedemark <chris at yonderway_com>
> Subject: NFC: writing to teachers
> Well you all saw the letter posted by Robert Rice the other day, which
> was written from an anonymous person to all of the science teachers at
> the local high school.
> In case you didn't figure it out, that was me.  I just wanted to let you
> know I've had no less than three teachers reply in the last couple of
> days, and one sounds especially interested in getting more involved in
> local conservation efforts.
> We've all agreed to meet after the holidays when their schedules lighten
> up a bit.  I've suggested to them in the meantime to investigate ways to
> procure basic aquarium gear, so that when the weather warms up they will
> be ready to keep part of a catch from a collecting trip in the local
> river.
> I'll also see if I can talk them into getting a student to maintain a
> web site about what they're doing.
> Investing time in one young person is probably a wiser investment than
> investing in an older person.  You know the kid is going to have some
> impact on their parents, and probably their friends too.  A childs
> enthusiasm can be contagious when focused on constructive interests.  Do
> you have a weekend to spare to talk to some children?  If so, contact
> your local school.  It doens't hurt to ask.
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