Family angling

Will Norris assists his son, Liam, 6, as they fish together Oct. 6, 2018, in the pond at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park during a free family fishing event hosted by Fishing’s Future. Children learned about habitat, stewardship, fish identification, knots, rules and regulations. The day was extra special for the Norris family as Will was celebrating his birthday and Liam caught three fish.

Voices for Children and the College Station Police Department will co-host a community fishing event at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Pond from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Family Fish — known previously as Father Fish — is a free morning of fishing and other activities, as well as breakfast tacos from Fuzzy’s and Shipley’s donuts for the first 150 attendees. Additionally, the College Station Fire Department will be on hand to demonstrate to children how to escape a burning home through the use of a smoke-filled blow-up house.

According to a Voices for Children release, event organizers hope the event will “further Voices for Children’s mission of improving the lives of children in foster care through powerful volunteer advocacy, ensuring that each child is placed in a safe and permanent home.”

Voices for Children’s mission is to recruit, train and support volunteers to be Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of our job as child advocates is when we get to engage with children in normal activities, outside the complexity of a legal case,” Voices for Children executive director A.J. Renold said last week. “That’s why we partner with our fellow advocates, CSPD, to provide a time when we as a community can get outside and just spend quality time together. Fishing is a fun activity for all ages, and we hope generations of families come out to join us on June 1.”   

The event will feature a fully stocked pond, free fishing rods and bait. A limited amount of fishing gear will be provided.

VFC’s next CASA training sessions will be held in September and November. Visit www.vfcbrazos.org for additional information.

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