The results are in, and an ambitious class from Erwine’s Intermediate School in Akron has an impressive tally to share with the anglers of Northeast Ohio.

Throughout winter, teacher Mike Staiger’s 5th Grade class at Erwine has been recycling used fishing line to fulfill the requirements of their Disney Planet Challenge. Their initial project goal was to collect one mile of fishing line. But, with the help of anglers around the area and from the Division of Wildlife, the class collected and recycled 28 miles of line! “This is an impressive amount that the class recycled through Berkley Conservation Institute,” said Matt Wolfe, fisheries biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife who helped the class on their project. “Their final report is headed down to Disney now for judging, so hopefully they do well since they worked hard on this project and learned to be good stewards,” added Wolfe.

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