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June 25, 2017

The lake at Pirkey Environmental Park will host about 150 special needs students on May 6.

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Fifth annual fishing event for special needs kids set for May 6 from tri-county area


indexBy Becky Holland, editor@pineywoods.news

PINEY WOODS – Brandy Branch Lake, in the Pirkey Environmental Park, will play host to an expected 150 special needs students from Harrison, Marion and Panola counties Friday, May 6.

This will be the second year that the event, sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and others, will take place at the lake, and the fifth year that the event has been in existence.

Called, “Fishing for the Future,”  the project gives the children an opportunity to fish and be outdoors. And that is something, Darrin Peeples, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden, says some of these students have never had the opportunity to do before.

“The first one started out with about 40-50 kids, and this year, we are expecting 150,” Peeples told the Piney Woods News. “What is different this year is that we have invited special needs’ students from the Carthage schools to participate as well.” Students expected to attend this year will be from Carthage, Marshall, Hallsville, Waskom, Elysian Fields, Harleton, Jefferson and Karnack schools.

For information, call Peeples at (903) 930-3205.

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