By PAMELA CODY
Special to the PRESS
For many, fond childhood memories often include weekend or summer fishing trips with family. Those memories can include fishing with fancy gear — nice rods and reels — or something as simple as a bamboo pole outfitted with nothing more than a hook and a bobber. Long mornings and afternoons were spent reeling in catfish, perch and bluegill. Yet, for some kids today, those kinds of opportunities don’t exist, whether it’s from lack of access to fishing equipment, or simply because of the hectic schedules between parents and their children.
Shane Wilson, long-time educator with the Point Isabel Independent School District, witnessed a lack of parental engagement during his 12 years as the administrator for the PI-ISD’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP). This program is aimed at helping students who have multiple disciplinary issues or who have been suspended. “These kids were good kids who made some bad decisions, and when two or three of them got together, their decision-making abilities plummeted,” Wilson said.
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