Both Acorn Elementary School and Ode Maddox Elementary School have held Spring Fishing Derbies for students.
Acorn Elementary students in grades K-3 fished in the Janssen Park Pond on May 9. Stocked with catfish from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, this was the first time that many students had caught a fish! The event was well attended with over 200 students and 145 parents and grandparents supporting their kids. Janssen Park personnel welcomed the group giving them an excellent experience. Leo Mabry’s high school students were there to assist these young anglers.
Ode Maddox Elementary School held their Fishing Derby at the Oden Rifle Range Pond, also stocked with catfish from AGFC. U.S. Forest Service representatives supported the event and presented programs relating to fish habitats and biology.
The Montgomery County 4-H leader assisted with teaching students the art of fishing. Approximately 85 students and 73 parents and grandparents encouraged the excited students.
This annual event culminates a year of student learning about science and the environment in Mrs. Rusert’s Science Labs.