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September 22, 2018

RASP Students go Fly Fishing


Written by; John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Students participating in Oswego County Opportunities’ Rural After School Program were recently treated to a fly fishing expedition on Fulton’s Lake Neatahwanta.

Coordinated by RASP Senior Youth Specialist, Jill Fratangelo, through collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, the outing allowed the students to experience the sport of fly-fishing.

Participants in Oswego County Opportunities’ Rural After School Program were recently treated to a fly-fishing expedition on Fulton’s Lake Neatahwanta.  The outing was made possible through a collaborative effort between the RASP Summer Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County. From left are: Fran Verdoliva, NYS DEC Salmon River Corridor Program Coordinator; James Merritt, Frederick Porter, Shania Noble, Linda Brosch of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Wyatt Willis, Kayla Vandish, Reba Noble, Taylor Zupancic, and RASP Senior Youth Specialist, Jill Fratangelo.

Participants in Oswego County Opportunities’ Rural After School Program were recently treated to a fly-fishing expedition on Fulton’s Lake Neatahwanta. The outing was made possible through a collaborative effort between the RASP Summer Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County. From left are: Fran Verdoliva, NYS DEC Salmon River Corridor Program Coordinator; James Merritt, Frederick Porter, Shania Noble, Linda Brosch of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Wyatt Willis, Kayla Vandish, Reba Noble, Taylor Zupancic, and RASP Senior Youth Specialist, Jill Fratangelo.

“It was an excellent learning experience for the students,” said Fratangelo.  “Linda Brosch of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County and Fran Verdoliva, NYS DEC Salmon River Corridor Program Coordinator, were great as they taught the students about fly fishing and the intricacies of casting a fly rod on the lake. I am pleased that we were able to collaborate with Cornell Cooperative Extension.  It is a wonderful resource that provides educational opportunities for youth all across the county that help young people learn new skills, make new friends, and build the confidence they need to succeed.  For many it was their first experience with fly-fishing, however I doubt it will be their last. They really enjoyed themselves.”

Fratangelo added that the fly fishing expedition was part of the Rural After School Program’s Summer Program hosted by the Fulton Junior High School. Available at no cost to students, OCO’ Rural After School Program provides academic, emotional and social support to assist youth in building skills that lead to academic excellence, social competence and community responsibility.

For more information on OCO’s Rural After School Program, contact Laura Licatese at 315-598-4711 or via e-mail at [email protected]

OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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