Teacher Jeff Lyons stood on the edge of Briggs Woods lake Monday with about 27 Webster City Middle School students that came to fish. The group came with several other adults as part of the Choices and Challenges after school program at the middle school.
Lyons said the program goes to the lake once in autumn and once in spring. The group fished at the lake for about an hour. Lyons said he has helped with the program for over eight years, which typically hosts 30 to 50 children in fifth through eighth grade per activity. As he discussed the number of students in attendance, he reeled in a bluegill. He immediately released it off the side of the lake, causing several students to crowd around his spot to try and catch that fish themselves.
John Laird, Hamilton County naturalist, brought the fishing supplies for the children that needed one. Lyons said this Choices and Challenges activity gives these children the opportunity to participate in activities that some have never had the chance to do.
About 27 Webster City Middle School students went to Briggs Woods lake on Monday for a Choices and Challenges program fishing activity. Jeff Lyons said the program has been at the middle school for over 8 years.
"Fishing is one of those hobbies that you can take and do no matter if you're 15 or if you're 75," Lyons said. "Hopefully, our goal, at least with the fishing one is that they see what it's like and they enjoy it and it's something they can do for the rest of their lives."
Adell Morris, also with Choices and Challenges, said the program has a monthly activity that students sign up for. The cost for these children to attend three activities is one dollar. Morris said other activities have included swimming, decorating pumpkins and visits to parks.
Morris said the program is good for students because of the opportunities it offers. She said it is also important because it gets kids going.
"A lot of things are on the move just to get kids active after school," Morris said.
Morris said the leader of Choices and Challenges, Jodi Clabaugh, distributes brochures to classes to find out what activities the students are interested in. Clabaugh was not available for comment at the lake, as she was attending a cross country meet, according to Lyons.