YAC in the Schools – Fall 2016 by John Toone
The first day of October found me in the Grade 8 class of Mr. Schmidt at George Waters Elementary School in Winnipeg. Mr. Schmidt is a big supporter of fish and fishing in Manitoba and he teaches a talented and engaged group of kids. Last year’s winner in the Middle Years Division, Hayden Roberts, was a student in Mr. Schmidt’s class.
When I asked “did you go fishing this summer?”, almost every hand in the class went up. Their haul included walleye, pike, and smallmouth bass. They offered up a few of their fishing stories, and then we got to work on our applications for the Youth Angling Artwork Contest. Mr. Schmidt had primed the students with a video from the TV show “River Monsters” and the kids were surprised to learn that lake sturgeon live in the Red River just steps away from their school.
We had a good talk about Lake Winnipeg and the Nelson River and how lake sturgeon are effected by the choices we make in our household and in industry. This was a smart group with good questions and they seem receptive to the ideas of stewardship and conservation.