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Grants for PE Fishing Programs Available to Teachers

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The deadline for applying for the Physical Education Grants Initiative, which provides for establishing fishing education programs, is drawing near!


The Future Fisherman Foundation, The American Association for Leisure and Recreation, The National Association for Sport and Physical Education and The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation are partnering to sponsor the Physical Education Grants Initiative.


These grants provide up to $5,000 to physical education teachers to help establish a fishing and/or boating education program in their school. The grant recipient will attend a 5 day Physical Education Grants Training Workshop. Travel to and from the workshop will be included in the grant award. Room and board will be covered by the Future Fisherman Foundation.


The grant is available to all K-12 PE teachers who are members of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Applications for the 2006-2007 school year are due March 31, 2006. For more information on the PE grants and for an application, visit us online at or contact Jessica Griglak by phone (908-637-4125) or e-mail at


Information is also available on the Future Fisherman Foundation's website at


Meet Physical Education Standards

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) developed a set of standards for physical education that discusses what a student should know and be able to do as a result of a quality physical education program. All standards can be met by a fishing and/or boating program. Some of the standards that can be met include the following:

-- Understand that physical activity provides opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction.

-- Demonstrate competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.

-- Applies movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills.

-- Exhibits a physically active lifestyle.

-- Preparing for a fishing education program


The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is a great place to learn about our aquatic resources and how to fish. Besides monthly fishing programs that run from April to October, Pequest is host to the Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) instructor training that runs several times a year. HOFNOD is a great stepping stone for creating a meaningful fishing education program in your school. So sign up for a class today!


Visit us on the web at for a list of programs. Once your students have learned the basic skills necessary for fishing and have gained knowledge about aquatic resources, schedule a trip to Pequest for a hands-on fishing experience they will never forget! All of the Pequest programs are free of charge!

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There was a gym teacher at the magnet school in my home town that taught the kids how to fish. I wish I had that at the school when I went there cause that would be super cool!

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