Sloan-Hendrix sixth graders were treated to an afternoon of fishing at the Imboden City Pond on May 22nd. The event was sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision and the HOFNOD program (Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs). Today’s national HOFNOD program helps kids develop skills for life. They learn to be patient, set goals, solve problems, make decisions and improve self-esteem. HOFNOD also connects kids with strong role models.

A total of 174 channel catfish were caught and released by the students. An ceremony was held the next day at the school to present each student with a certificate. Several prizes, including two fishing poles and tackle boxes were given away. Mrs. Sue Dail and Mrs. Shara Phares would like to thank all of the parents and volunteers who helped bait and take fish off of hooks, especially AR Game and Fish Officers Anthony “Moose” Hawkins and Wade Spence. Also, a big thank you goes to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1516 for the donation of bait and bottled water, and to the City of Imboden for the use and maintenance of the beautiful pond.

Picture 1: HOFNOD students at the pond.
Picture 2: Yancey Bailey caught a total of 16 catfish
Picture 3: Award Ceremony and prize drawing.