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PALS & Fishing Club host ALE Fishing Fun Trip

The gusty winds and uncommonly cold temperatures on May 2 didn’t keep the ALE (Alternative Learning Experience) students from having a great time at Morgan’s Wonderland. PALS (Peer Assistance, Leadership and Service) and the Fishing Club at MacArthur High School hosted a day of fishing fun at the theme park as each club member buddied up with an ALE student.

President of the Fishing Club and PALS member, Kevin Mcginty, established the fishing field trip last year. As part of a PALS service learning project, Mcginty was inspired by his buddy Collin Christian, whom has Down syndrome. The MacArthur senior decided to bring his passion for fishing and volunteering together by starting a fishing field trip for ALE students.

“I wanted a way to bring the joy of fishing to others,” said Mcginty.

“This is a chance for the ALE students to interact with new people and learn a lot of new skills, like patience,” said senior Fishing Club and PALs member Paige Barnhart. With not very many fish swimming around the pond, the students needed plenty of patience to get a bite.

MacArthur PALS is sponsored by Stephanie White and the Fishing Club is sponsored by Darren Kruger.

Kevin and his pal Collin.Collin Christian (left) and his pal Kevin Mcginty were ready for a fun-filled day of fishing.

First catch of the day.
Nothing beats having the first catch of the day!

Fishing fun.The fish may not have been biting too often, but the students had fun anyway.

Fishing fun!Going on its second year, PALS and the Fishing Club plan to make the field trip a tradition.

Second catch of the day.The second catch of the day may not have been a large bass, but it still counts!


Posted on May 02, 2013