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It was a dreary damp afternoon two days before school was out for the summer, but that didn't seem to bother these Pine Hill Elementary School fourth-graders who were trying to catch fish in the Hamlet Pond with fishing equipment they made themselves. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Cottage Grove students go angling for fun

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It's traditional for Pine Hill Elementary School students to spend one of the last days of the school year at nearby Hamlet Park in Cottage Grove.

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Last month, fourth-graders were on a mission to go fishing.

But it wasn't an ordinary trek to a pond to cast a line and reel in fish. They didn't have fishing rods, hooks or bait.

The project started, according to teacher Sue Elchert, after the students read "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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