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Maybe good things rub off

By John Fuchs

Today was fishing day at the summer camp my 8-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, attends at Charles Elliot Wildlife Center. Carolyn likes for me to go with her on this particular day, mainly because it is another chance for us to fish together. Of course I am always glad to oblige, after all, I am a volunteer at the center, and the fishing events are some of my favorite interest. A lot of parents and grandparents also come on fishing day to help the kids.

The lake used for this event is a catch-and-release lake. Not long after the fishing started, we caught a bluegill and after taking a photo, Carolyn removed the hook and released it.

A few minutes later another child caught a fish, but she and her mother did not know how to remove the hook or how to handle and release the fish. So the mother called for help.

Carolyn yelled, "I'll help! I'll release it!"

She handed me her pole and ran over to release the fish. It was no big deal to Carolyn; she had released many from our lake.

We caught five more fish and released all of them without injury to them or ourselves. Between catches, Carolyn would run over to help others in releasing their fish.

I was real proud of her this day, not because she caught five fish, but because she volunteered to help others with her time and talent. Maybe volunteering does rub off?

John Fuchs is a volunteer at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.

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