On Wednesday, May 29, the 4th grade classes at A.D. Hay Elementary traveled to Obenchain Reservoir for a Fishing Derby field trip. All 46 students were led by their teachers, Kayla Tague and Connie Ortwein, in addition to five members of the Bureau of Land Management, seven fire fighters from the Forest Service, and five members of the Bass Club. There were also four parent volunteers, two from each class.
Students left the school at 7:45 a.m. with their packed lunches and fishing poles. The owners of Obenchain Reservoir opened their doors to A.D. Hay students, and their hospitality’s reach extended as far as providing fishing poles to the kids who didn’t have their own. The field trip was originally done as a community event, according to Tague, but switched years ago to exclusively fourth graders, with the intent of preventing members of the community from missing it. From the reports, everyone seemed to have a good time.
“The kids loved it,” said Tague. “They had a great time. They’re still talking about it, asking when they can go again.”