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--- Issued July 7, 2008

The Erie Housing Authority held its third annual Learn to Fish program in June, and again, as always, it was a huge success.

In all, 17 youths residing in Erie public housing and an equal number of adult mentors participated in the three-day program on June 13, 14, and 15.

The third day of the Fishing Program, where the kids actually got to put their first two days of fishing instruction to use with rod and reel, was held at Presque Isle State Park at the Rotary Pavillion. Youths from past classes were invited.

Each child had a mentor-volunteer – Authority staffers, members of the C.O.P.P.S. program, the Inter-Agency Team, and community volunteers who heard about the program from previous years and wanted to share in the experience.

All of the instructors were certified by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. The mentors taught the youths about equipment, fishing techniques, kinds of fish, and how to catch and release them from the hook.

Twelve youths from the John F. Kennedy Center and the John E. Horan Garden Apartments YMCA Kids Club completed the three day Learn to Fish Program. Classes included fishing safety, equipment types and use, an Environmental Awareness Class taught by SafeNET, and Fishing etiquette.

The day of fishing was followed by a cookout of hotdogs, hamburgers, fish and wild game for all the kids and mentors .

Each of the young participants received a rod, reel, and tackle box and equipment.