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Nine Hundred Special Needs Kids Fish Salem Pond

Nine Hundred Special Needs Kids Fish Salem Pond



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Sam Penrod Reporting Hundreds of special needs kids in Utah County are beaming with excitement today. That's because today they all caught a fish.

Up and down the banks at Salem Ponds, kids are catching fish.

Elliott Parkin, fisherman, says, "It's fun and exciting. It's a good time to go outdoors and a good fishing time to go out with your family."

Today is something that Chance Cloyd looks forward to all year long. "There's a lot of fishing, I got three already, one I got with my bare hands," Cloyd says.

It's the first fishing day for Josh Taylor of Orem. "I caught some but my friends are cleaning them for me," Taylor says.

Nine Hundred Special Needs Kids Fish Salem Pond

Some of those friends include volunteers like Gary Jensen who are with the DWR's dedicated hunter program. "It's just a great day to be out here with these kids and see the smiles on their faces and just enjoy a great day," Jensen says.

This year there are nearly 900 special-needs kids as well as 1,000 volunteers that make fishing day at Salem Pond a success.

Fishing Day started 18 years ago, with just 15 kids, and each year it keeps growing.

Nine Hundred Special Needs Kids Fish Salem Pond

The volunteers make sure everyone catches a fish and, Albertsons brings enough food to feed more than 2,000 people.

And at the end of the day, the kids go home and all of them with a smile.

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