Patriots Fishing Club promotes camaraderie

Fulton County

BROADALBIN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A local science teacher is helping kids put down the phone, get off the computer, and cast a line on the Great Sacandaga Lake instead. And it’s official—these kids are hooked.

The unique Patriots Fishing Club at Broadalbin-Perth Central High School is gaining popularity among students. Science teacher Brian Henry and social worker Mick Gottung created the club to pay It forward for students who need it most, reaching out to those who might not have the traditional sports team to rely on for camaraderie.

The co-ed group heads out on the water no matter the season, learning about boating safety and navigating the open waters. And Henry says that the pandemic represents, in some ways, a fine kettle of fish.

“We saw a lot of students come out and like, ‘Yes! I definitely want to go. This is a great opportunity for me!'” he says. “So, this has been a blessing, because we’ve gotten kids out that probably wouldn’t normally consider doing the fishing thing in the past.”

In fact, they’ve received such a big response that the club is now expanding to the middle school as well. The dream is taking the program across the entire Broadalbin-Perth School District. As Henry says, there’s nothing quite liking seeing those proud smiles from that first catch.

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