Michelin hosts annual environmental camp

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Ardmore sixth graders got to spend the day fishing, canoeing and practicing a little bit of archery

"I love it, it's something that I do year round that I get to teach kids," Marvin Willis said.

Michelin worker Marvin Willis says every year for the past 22 years he's spent three days out at Lake Murray with the kids teaching them about archery.

"I see kids graduated out of school and they say, hey we went through the Ardmore sixth grade environmental camp and because of you I'm doing archery today," Willis said.

"I'm pretty good at it," student Isaac Riddle said. "It's a better experience than being in the classroom just learning about it."

As part of the environmental camp, the students also get to spend some time learning how to read a compass, the difference between venomous and nonvenomous snakes and cool off in the lake as they fish and canoe.

"I feel like it's very necessary for us to know the difference between venomous and nonvenomous snakes, for example, because that is stuff that we have to learn eventually and if they don't teach us who will," student Garyn Germany said.

"My favorite part is just watching the kids smile and have fun," Michelin worker Shane Caldwell said. "A lot of the times it's all about books and studies and they get to come out here during school and smile and have fun with the other kids."

The three day outdoor camp also includes some time with members of Noble Foundation and the Chickasaw Nation.

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