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Students with improving grades earn free guided fishing tripSubmitted: 06/10/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Students with improving grades earn free guided fishing trip
EAGLE RIVER - More than 100 students left Northland Pines Middle School with a backpack full of fishing supplies Tuesday.

One hundred fifty students at the school could win a free fishing trip with professional guides. It's part of the Guides for Grades program. The program recognizes middle schoolers who have good or improving grades.

"I said, 'Why don't we do a Guides for Grades program? If they improve their grade point, they get the chance to go fishing for a half a day with a guide,'" said Eagle River fishing guide Yukon Jack. "And what they do if they're drawn is they call and book the guide, just like a customer would."

Yukon Jack started the program 16 years ago.

"Some of these kids have never fished before. And all of the sudden, they're real interested in fishing and out there on the water all the time," he explained.

Eighteen local guides donated a free trip. Each trip is worth $250. Thirty-six kids whose names were drawn will get to spend a day out on the water.

"I think it's a really good opportunity for kids that get to go fishing that don't get to go with other people for them to experience it with others," said Rachel Beyersdorf, one of the winners.

Another winner, Colton Clure, said, "Most teachers are offering help most of the time to either turn in late work, extra credit, if you didn't do well on tests, you can make those tests up. They're offering lots of help to kids who need it."

All qualifying students went home with a tackle bag full of fishing supplies.

All students recognized for good behavior got to spend the afternoon go-carting and playing games at Kartway in Eagle River.

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