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Hey Everybody,

Its been a long time since I've been active on this forum. Time passes and life happens! It has been a while, but the positive interactions and the information I have gained from this forum have been immense! I even met a dear friend of mine on this forum!  With that said, I am hoping that I can reach out to this wonderful community and see if you all would be willing to assist me in an endeavor! 

By trade, I am a school counselor, and as a school counselor, one of my jobs is to assist students in finding healthy coping strategies that they can utilize in various environments, be it at school, home, or the outdoors. My hope is to introduce the art of fly fishing to my students and show them how beneficial it can be as a means to reduce stress, increase mindfulness, and perhaps even improve self confidence. This will be part of a research project (and a sustainable after school group/club) and I hope to collect sufficient evidence that further supports the theory that fly fishing is an effective coping mechanism that can help improve the overall wellness of the individual. I don't want to just teach them to cast a fly. I want them to know how to read the water, understand the diet of the fish they're pursuing and choosing the best fly to "match the hatch." I also want to show them the process of material selection that is involved in tying a fly, learning the part they can play in conservation, tying simple knots, and understanding what it means to be truly patient! I don't think there is a bigger test of patience then trying to untie a wind knot in your leader. :) 

Here is where you may be able to assist me going forward. Would anyone be willing to donate any fishing gear, materials, rods, reels, line, waders, etc. that you are no longer using to help me get this project up and running? Right now, my budget is unknown but I have the full support of my principal and school. I have reached out to numerous vendors, and continue to pursue anyone who may have a slight interest in the outdoors to get this going.  If anyone is willing to donate ANYTHING, or if you would be willing to provide me with information for someone I could contact..it would be greatly appreciated! 

If you are willing to help in any way, please message me or email me.
cclark@artsk12.org
 
Thanks everyone for your time!
 

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12 minutes ago, On The Fly 6 said:

I am hoping that I can reach out to this wonderful community and see if you all would be willing to assist me in an endeavor

Jesus Christ it's getting deep in here.  Spare us the brown nosing.  Whaddaya need the most of? 😊

Let's be realistic though, you're gonna start with 22 kids and end up with one and a half.   I have an excess of tippet material, leaders, and a ton of cull flys.  

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2 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

Jesus Christ it's getting deep in here.  Spare us the brown nosing.  Whaddaya need the most of? 😊

Let's be realistic though, you're gonna start with 22 kids and end up with one and a half.   I have an excess of tippet material, leaders, and a ton of cull flys.  

One is better than none though. 

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2 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

Jesus Christ it's getting deep in here.  Spare us the brown nosing.  Whaddaya need the most of? 😊

Let's be realistic though, you're gonna start with 22 kids and end up with one and a half.   I have an excess of tippet material, leaders, and a ton of cull flys.  

I’m a counselor. I gotta appeal to the emotional side 😂.

But I will take whatever you’re willing to send! If I start with 22 kids and end with 1, that one that stuck it out will hopefully go on to be a model outdoorsman...or at least not leave a mess whenever they go out fishing.

Thanks for responding! 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Gavin said:

Are you properly registered as a not for profit, and will you provide the donors with written confirmation for their taxes?

 

No. And No. 😄 I will, however; be grateful and pay it forward!  

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Can we donate to your school? I guess it doesn't matter because with the new tax code, I can't deduct anything anymore. Message me your information. Jim

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If for a School program, write it up and put on the school website. Get the approval of  school board, etc.Not bustin your balls. Lots of politics in the school districts. My Uncle Jimmy was top dog at Fox in Jeffco for many years.Do it right or your naive posterior will get fired.

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