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Photo by Pat Sunderland Henry Hollembeak, Wyatt McArtor, Caleb Beall and Karston Hebertson practice casting with Leslie Kaminski during an after-school session offered at Hotchkiss K-8 during the first semester.
Photo by Pat Sunderland Aspiring chefs Dakota Sheldon, Juan Morlang and Nathan Jardon picked up cooking tips from a professional, Ron Jardon, who also volunteers at the school.

Hotchkiss K-8 students explore interests at Bulldog Learning Centers

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"Fly Fishing Frenzy," one of four Bulldog Learning Centers offered at Hotchkiss K-8, was so popular, it's being expanded from an after-school program to a club. The learning center was offered by Leslie Kaminski, a sixth grade math and science teacher.

She says she's been fly fishing for two years and is excited to share her passion with fellow students.

On the final day of the after-school sessions, the December weather was warm enough for students to practice casting outside. Henry Hollembeak says it's important to learn to cast correctly, to avoid getting your line stuck in the bushes. "That was my problem when I first started," agreed fellow student Wyatt McArtor. Caleb Beall and Karston Hebertson also picked up valuable tips for reeling in a big one.

In the kitchen, students whipped up Asian pot stickers, chicken tacos with mango salsa, two kinds of milkshakes (banana and strawberry) and flavored popcorn with Ron Jardon, a professional chef who volunteers at the school.

Roslyn Bauer led a session called JumpKick!, an introduction to tae kwon do. Sarah Marshall led a session called Fall Garden Soup. Bauer and Marshall are both Hotchkiss K-8 teachers.

Hotchkiss K-8 administrators expressed their appreciation to all the instructors for donating their time to expand student learning.

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