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Volunteers needed for “Get Hooked” event

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment needs volunteers for the “Get Hooked” fishing event dates to be held at Grand Haven State Park in May.

The Pursuing a Dream Foundation, in partnership with Wheelin’ Sportsmen and other local area partners and volunteers, is sponsoring three fishing events at Grand Haven State Park for children with disabilities from the Grand Haven Public School District. Over a span of three days, the “Get Hooked” event will take students from Grand Haven Public Schools, ranging from kindergarten through the 12th grade, fishing at the Grand Haven Channel.

“Get Hooked” events are being held May 7, 13 and 14. Each day will be a different age group of students. Last year, about 226 children from the area were able to experience and enjoy fishing at the Grand Haven State Park channel.

More sponsors and volunteers are needed to help children bait their hooks, cast lines, remove fish, or anything else that can be done to contribute to making this a memorable day. Buses will arrive at the channel around 9 a.m., and a volunteer will be assigned to a group of children. Fishing poles and fishing gear will be provided, and the children will be able to fish until 10:30, before the buses are loaded to take them back to school.
This is a great opportunity to “GO-Get Outdoors” and mentor a small group of children. Volunteers are needed for each day, and no experience is necessary, though basic fishing skills are helpful.

For more information about these events, or to volunteer or participate, contact Randy Hansen, program coordinator, at 616-842-6638 or randy@centennialsec.com, for more details and a volunteer form. For more information about the Pursuing a Dream Foundation and future events, visit www.pursuingadream.org.

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