YAC Visits Crystal Springs School
Fish Futures was invited to the Crystal Springs Colony near St. Agathe, MB by school teacher Victor Kleinsasser. For the past three years, this school has produced a number of contest winners and we had to learn their secret!
We spoke with the father of Roman David Maendal, the 2nd place winner in the Early Years Division. He told us that Roman made over a dozen attempts before he was satified with the shape of his freshwater drum. With some encouragement, Roman put well over a week's work into his entry and he was very proud of his new fishing gear and cheque for $200.
With over 50 students, Crystal Springs School perhaps stands out most from other schools for their enthusiasm for the arts. From music and acting, to robot, pottery and woodworking shops, it was great to see so many busy hands at work on projects of their own creation. There are many talented artists in this school.
The Rat River flows right close to the Colony, and last summer an adult member caught a 28" lake sturgeon. The adult had never seen such a fish and did not know what it was until the children identified it as a lake sturgeon. They had learned about the lake sturgeon when they particapted in last year's artwork contest.
Members of the Colony also travel to Lake Winnipeg for ice fishing trips and were certainly familiar with freshwater drum. They have supported the fishing community with donations to banquet fundraisers of BBQ's that they manufacture. We very much appreciate the invitation to visit Crystal Springs Colony and our thanks to Victor and his students for their spectacular efforts in the Youth Angling Card Artwork Contests.