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Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics & Sportsmanship

Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship (JAKES) is a program created to teach the younger generation about the environment and respect for our natural resources.

McGuire Nuclear Station, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the N.C. Wildlife Federation sponsored a JAKES and Clean Cast day for area school children. Students and their parents or guardians attended the event to learn more about wildlife conservation and stewardship of our natural resources. Volunteers enjoyed spending their Saturday teaching the children fishing, turkey calling, wildlife conservation, gun safety and archery techniques.

"Introducing children to wildlife is the best part of my job,” commented Dale Mosteller, an environmental specialist for Duke Energy.

Activities also included a scavenger trail where students could discover wildlife hidden in the woods. However, fishing was one of the biggest hits of the day.

"Patience is important when fishing,” commented Ellen Gaddy, scientist at McGuire Nuclear Station. “Children learn about fishing and also gain an appreciation for the variety of fish species in our area and the importance of our water resources.”

Throughout our history, the spirit of conservation and the traditions of hunting and fishing have been passed down from one generation to another. Programs like JAKES and Clean Cast help keep these traditions alive while also allowing adults to view the natural world through the eyes of a child. The result is a fresh, new appreciation for conserving our natural resources.