Saturday, February 24, 2018

HISD Education Foundation fishing tourney set

By Bridget Ortigo
Jan. 17, 2018 at 9:21 a.m.

A child holds up his catch during this past year's Hallsville ISD Education Foundation's Hooked on Education Fishing Tournament at Pirkey Power Plant Environmental Park. This year's event is set Feb. 3.

HALLSVILLE — It's time to string up those fishing rods and stock up the tackle boxes to help raise money for the Hallsville ISD Education Foundation during its second annual Hooked on Education Fishing Tournament.

The tournament is set 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at Pirkey Environmental Park. Anglers can join the tourney for $50 a boat.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams, with $300 going to the first-place team, $200 for the second-place team and $100 for the third-place team. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and children are welcome.

Door prizes also will be awarded throughout the day.

Money raised from the tournament goes toward the foundation's grants to teachers programs, which helps teachers bring innovative ideas and technology to classrooms.

The money also goes toward providing supplies, equipment and entry fees for the Hallsville High School fishing team.

"Although it's a competition, the importance of this fishing tournament fundraiser stems back to the programs it helps to support," said foundation Executive Director Beth Godsey. "It's about gathering as a community to support the foundation's grants to teachers program and high school fishing team."

In 2017, the foundation handed out about $58,000 to teachers and to Hallsville High School students through its dual-credit scholarships.

Those interested in participating in the tournament should contact Godsey at (903) 668-5994 or Roxanne Gipe, with the Hallsville High School fishing team, at (903) 668-5990, ext. 4197.

Sponsorships also are available for the tournament. Check-in begins at 5:30 a.m. Feb. 3. Boats will launch from the lake's park or public ramp.

The first tournament a year ago saw 64 anglers on 32 teams vie for top prizes.

For information about the tournament or to become a sponsor, visit the foundation's website at



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