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Gone fishing: developing a life-long leisure activity

Photo courtesy of the Brandon Valley Challenger

Photo courtesy of the Brandon Valley Challenger

For the past three years, Kevin and Robin Baum of Garretson, in conjunction with the Brandon Turkey Federation, have invited students from Children’s Care Hospital & School to their property for a day of fishing and fun. Our students went this year in two groups, on October 17th & 18th.

Volunteers from the Brandon “Boss Gobblers” Turkey Federation, family and friends of the Baum’s, as well as local community members took time off from work and other activities to help, so there’s a helper for nearly every child fishing.

“It’s so rewarding to watch these kids,” Robin Baum told Jill Meier of the Brandon Valley Challenger. “They get so excited. It’s beyond words. They kiss the fish. They jump up and down. It’s so awesome that they have this much fun.”

The Challenger reports that proceeds from the Brandon Boss Gobblers’ annual Wild Turkey Benefit, which is always the last Friday in January, and from the Ed Polzine Wild Game Feed in early February, help to fund the two days outdoor fun for Children’s Care.

Not only did our students have a wonderful day outside, they learned an activity they can do with family and friends for the rest of their lives. It’s been said that fishing is less about fishing, and more about spending time alone with someone important in your life, with no distractions, and in the fresh air and sunshine we tend to get too little of. This is so true. We thank these generous people for offering the children this experience.

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