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For 28th year, 509-J third grade classes head out to Sullivan's Pond for learning experience.

JENNIFFER GRANT/MADRAS PIONEER - A highlight of the trip is always the pond fishing. Several fish were hooked, and many students were able to catch their first fish. Several experts, including OSU Extension and fish scientists, were on hand. JCSO deputies also provided water safety information.
Third grade classes from Buff, Metolius, Madras and Warm Springs elementary schools converged on Sullivan's Pond May 29, for the highly anticipated annual field trip.

JENNIFFER GRANT/MADRAS PIONEER - Callie Delamarter holds a bullfrog during the students' visit to the Sullivan Pond May 29. This was the 28th year the Sullivans invited the local students out to their property for the field trip. 
This was the 28th year that third graders have visited the 3-acre pond, owned by Larry and Sue Sullivan, on Agency Plains, to learn about pond life.

"This year, we had five stations: water safety, fish anatomy, water cycle, pond life and fishing," said Toni Weaver, who provides office support at the Oregon State University Central Oregon Ag Research and Experiment Station, which organizes the event.

JENNIFFER GRANT/MADRAS PIONEER - Third graders had the opportunity to handle snakes during the visit to Sullivan's Pond.Children had the opportunity to fish, hold snakes and a large bullfrog, learn the proper use of a life jacket, and find out about the fish in the pond.

"Despite having a lower number of volunteers this year, we feel the event was a big success," said Weaver. "This was my first year assisting with this activity and it was so much fun to hear all of the kids cheering each other on when one caught a fish or even just getting excited when they felt a bite. It was great!"

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