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My Town: Grants introduce more children to fishing
My Town: Grants introduce more children to fishing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of children will get the chance to experience the fun of fishing, thanks to mini-grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

MDNR’s fisheries division raised $3,482 through a silent auction for Mentor Michigan.  The funding will go to five organizations statewide to allow children and their mentors enjoy a fishing outing. 

“Every youth should have the opportunity to experience fishing,” said Mentor Michigan Director Amber Troupe. “Unfortunately, there are many obstacles to this fun activity, such as a lack of equipment, transportation or knowledge of the sport.  We are thankful to [the MDNR's] Fisheries Division for providing this generous donation so mentoring programs around the state will be able to introduce fishing and fishing skills to their matches.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gratiot and Montcalm Counties will use its $690 grant for a fishing workshop at a local park, followed by a picnic lunch.  Each child will take home a fishing rod and tackle box.  In Grand Rapids, $240 is going to Bethany Christian Services to teach basic fishing skills to foster care, at risk and refugee youth.