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24 Arkansas Schools Recognized For Achievements In Fishing Program

August 30, 2006

Little Rock, Arkansas - The "Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs" (HOFNOD) program continues to reach students in Arkansas schools with a comprehensive approach to angling. HOFNOD promotes fishing, conservation projects and aquatic studies. It also emphasizes community involvement in schools through local volunteers and donors.

Faculty sponsors from 24 schools were recognized for outstanding programs at four events this summer. These activities also included additional training to enhance the HOFNOD material. Schools filed reports with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on activities in the 2005-06 academic year.

Educators qualified for the summer events by organizing fishing derbies, taking field trips, involving students in conservation activities, using local volunteers and donors, teaching aquatic material and much more, AGFC HOFNOD program coordinator Gordon Bagby said. "Teachers participated in an electrofishing exercise at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus to learn how biologists use the technique to manage fish populations. Others toured Cook’s Lake at Casscoe to experience the bottomland hardwood ecosystem in the White River National Wildlife Refuge," Bagby said.

"Visits to the Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery in Centerton and the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery in Heber Springs provided insights on fish culturing practices. A stop at the Carl Garner Visitor Center in Heber Springs gave an overview of the dam construction that created Greers Ferry Lake and tailwater trout fishing in the Little Red River below the dam. HOFNOD sponsors also learned practical tips on catching catfish at each event to help improve student success rates at fishing derbies," Bagby added. “It is a privilege to work with such dedicated teachers,” he said

“They sponsor the program for their students and make all of the special arrangements because they truly care for the kids. Most people don’t see all of the extra time and energy these teachers spend. The fact that they make such sacrifices speaks volumes, and I am honored to work with them,” Bagby explained

Schools and faculty sponsors honored were: Acorn High School (Kathy Rusert and Chip McDonald), Atkins High School (Jimmy Dye), Batesville 6th-Grade Campus (Glenita Anderson), Cabot High School (Brenda Early), Central Junior High School in Springdale (Ron Duncan and Patrick Scott), Conner Junior High School in McGehee (Carline Pearce), Bob Courtway Middle School in Conway (Jerry Whitmore), Greenbrier High School (Cindy Hartman), Hellstern Middle School in Springdale (Bill Spence), Holt Middle School in Fayetteville (Jeff Courtway), Lakeside Middle School in Lake Village (Susie Harrison), McNair Middle School in Fayetteville (Dave Hunt), Mena Middle School (Janice Whorton, Nelda Doyal and Karlene Hooker), Mineral Springs Elementary (Laurel McCarter), Mountain View Middle School (Ron Willis and Michelle Turner), Murfreesboro Elementary (Tracey Corbitt and Amy Westfall), Northside Elementary in Rogers (Linda Jefferson), Oak Grove Elementary in Paragould (Judy Harmon), Pinkston Middle School in Mountain Home (Joe Enich and Randy Barnhill), St. John’s Lutheran School in Stuttgart (Janie Senko and Brenda Stewart), Sutton Elementary in Ft. Smith (Janet Fretheim), Sylvan Hills Elementary in Sherwood (Jill Smith and Jo Young), West Fork Middle School (Heather Hayes) and Westside Elementary in Greenbrier (Linda Atkinson).

Schools interested in using the HOFNOD program can contact program coordinator Gordon Bagby at 501-812-4686


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