By Linda Dillman
Students at Winchester Trail Elementary School have many opportunities to go beyond the classroom in working on Leader in Me skills, including using a pole and fishing line.
Third grade teacher Stephen Lemieux updated the Canal Winchester Board of Education during its Nov. 21 meeting about club and opportunities available to 3rd to 5th grade students, including a fishing club, student council, math club, news crew, yearbook club, café recycling, and lunch with leaders.
“There are many more in the works,” said Lemieux. “We started student council this year (and) everyone in the building has the opportunity to be a morning announcement reader.”
Members of the fishing club—who were nominated by their teachers—honed their fishing skills this past spring for eight weeks and then celebrated with a May 14 event at ponds where bass, blue gills and other native Ohio fish were plentiful.
“Students took the skills they learned in the club and caught hundreds of fish,” said Lemieux. “A lot of great memories were made. It offered them an opportunity to connect with younger and older peers across the building. Fishing is a unique activity in how it can provide a release for people in many ways.”
Lemieux said the club had two goals—to provide students with an opportunity to learn alongside peers of different ages and afford them the skills to fish on their own.
“After our culminating event, the students got to take home all of the equipment,” Lemieux said. “This is just one of the awesome clubs at Winchester Trail.”
Board member Monika Talley said she loves how Winchester Trail’s clubs and activities have gotten off the ground. She said with such organizations, there is no excuse for students to “not find a variety of things they’re interested in.”