- Wisconsin lakes, streams, and rivers host thousands of passionate fishermen each and every year. But not everyone has the ability to get out on the water. That's why the D.C. Everest High School Fishing Team uses its own resources to help out.
"It's all about fun. If you don't have fun go home," said junior Aaron Brinkman.
For Brinkman, it's one of the most fun days of the year. Friday was DC Everest's annual 'Special Needs Fishing Outing.' The event takes place at Kort Street Park on Lake Wausau. Team members say the goal is to take a hands-on approach to teach fishing skills, boating safety, and conservation.
"Our community is very lucky to have this kind of thing set up," said sophomore Logan Spice.
Each year at the event, the school's fishing team pairs up with community members to teach some of the district's special needs students about fishing, and life on the water.
"It started out with 'would it be possible to take a couple kids fishing, they get don't the opportunity,' and all of a sudden it's blossomed into this," said fishing team advisor Todd Bohm.
Kids can take boat rides, fish from the boats, or simply fish from shore. No matter what they prefer, the day is just as rewarding for the coaches.
"Who can't have fun spending a day outside fishing with a group of kids who are absolutely passionate about and enjoy what they're doing," said Bohm.
For students Brinkman, it's about keeping tradition alive.
"I grew up on this lake where I always fish," said Brinkman. "So I get to continue that."
For sophomore Spice, it's about passing on the sport he loves.
"If they come back next year, they'll know how to do it, and they can teach other people, and help the other people next year have a good time too," said Spice.
Whether it's teaching, learning, or just enjoying time outdoors, making memories is the ultimate goal.
"That's the great part about this job, you're able to create memories for kids that might last them a lifetime," said Bohm.