Thursday, June 7, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Maywood Trustee Melvin Lightford fishing in 2015. | Dawn Williams-Rone/Facebook
Melvin Lightford, 71, is a man on a mission and the destination is an area pond. For the last eight years, the Maywood trustee has been taking young people on fishing trips during the summer.
Teach a child to fish and you’ll open him or her up to new vistas of opportunity, Lightford said during a recent interview.
“I’m trying to get kids off the street and keep them from being hurt,” he said. “But also, there are college fishing programs that offer scholarships. So this can be a way for them to stay out of debt, too.”
Yes, fishing scholarships do exist (see here) and Lightford wants to turn kids in the Proviso Township area on to the concept.
As he’s done since he was first elected to his trustee position eight years ago, Lightford is looking for kids, ages 10 to 15, and adult chaperones to accompany him on the fishing trips.
Lightford’s Take Me Fishing Summer Program Series is free and includes lunch (usually fruit, Vienna hot dogs and quarter pounders, the trustee said). Fishing poles will also be provided for kids who don’t access to, and/or can’t afford, them.
The parents or guardians of eligible young people only need to sign waivers, which will be available at Village Hall, 40 Madison St., and the Maywood Park District, 921 S. 9th Ave., in Maywood.
This year, the trips will take place on June 16 (to Busse Lake), July 21 (to Maple Lake) and Aug. 18 (Wampam Lake), with the group scheduled to depart from the Maywood Park District at 7 a.m. and returning at 4:30 p.m. on each day.
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