Amid the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, students at a rural school in Miramichi, N.B., are reeling in some valuable life lessons.
Since Nelson Rural School is on the banks of one of the world’s best-known fishing grounds — the Miramichi River — students at the school are learning the fine art of angling and it’s helping take a bite out of pandemic stress, said their physical education teacher.
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“I think it is relieving a lot of stress for them as well being outside in general and getting away from things,” said Wendy Baldwin.
The learn-to-fish classes launched at the school three years ago to coincide with the local bass fishing tournament as part of the phys-ed program, she said, adding the kids didn’t make it to the riverbank last season with schools closed due to COVID-19.