Here’s a post written by Lisa’s son, Jack Cruz. Jack has been fishing since he could hold a fishing rod and stand on a dock so he decided to share the love of fishing by launching a fishing club this year as part of his capstone project. His goal was to make the club accessible to all Fox River Academy kids who wanted to participate so he asked the community for help in donating gently used fishing gear. Red Shoes helped Jack by getting the word out through media relations and social media and the community has responded in a big way! To date, Jack has received more than 130 fishing rods, countless tackle boxes, lures and a lot of other items to get the club underway.
My name is Jack Cruz and I am in the eighth grade at Fox River Academy Environmental Charter School. At the end of each year all students at my school participate in an end of year capstone project where we do projects and present them to all the parents of the students at my school. It’s almost like a science fair. This year is my last year at Fox River Academy and I wanted to do something for my capstone that I not only enjoy doing, but also something that I could leave behind for students to enjoy for years to come.
My biggest passion in life is fishing, and I have been fishing my whole life which is why I wanted to base my capstone around fishing. I thought of the idea to start an after-school fishing club at my school and use it as my capstone too. For the past couple months, I have been looking into what it takes to start a fishing club and now there is only one thing in my way. Some students who want to join the fishing club do not have fishing gear, so I have come up with a solution to this problem.My solution is to ask the local communities to donate any gently used fishing rods, reels, nets, tackle boxes, bobbers, and hooks.
How can you help?
Those wishing to donate can drop off fishing gear at the bottom level parking lot of the Fox River Academy Green Teaching Building, located off of the Prospect Avenue entrance of Pierce Park in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Or, you can drop off your gear at Red Shoes located at 400 N. Richmond Street, Richmond Terrace, entrance closest to State and Packard.
Thank you for helping support the fishing club and the students of Fox River Academy.