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Girls kick off summer with crafts, fishing and S’more
June 13, 2018

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Fifteen girls entering middle school this fall spent an afternoon at Kearny Park making paper, learning about boating safety, angling and devouring marshmallows.

Chris Subbert, conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, provided instruction on boating safety. Subbert demonstrated dos and don'ts with respect to life preservers, fire extinguishers and floatation devices.

Darci Farnum, Emmetsburg Middle and High School art instructor, demonstrated the art of making paper without felling trees. She also walked the girls through imprinting designs on cloth.

Palo County naturalist Kaitlin Anderson demonstrated the finer points of dock fishing to the girls, including baiting a hook and casting.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) sponsored the annual outing. According to Palo Alto County AAUW President Anne Johnson, this is the 10th year the organization has sponsored the event.

Johnson says AAUW provides opportunities for young women to break into fields traditionally occupied by males. These include science, technology, engineering and math or STEM.

Participating in the summer kickoff were Reagan and Kennedy Schurge, Celia Lowman, Natalie Jones, Bell Squires, Hannah Sanders, Nora Nelson, Rachel Schany, Nataline Bunde, Reese Taylor, Corinne and Colleen Cook, Noral Nelson, Aylee Herke and Trista Guinn.

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