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Kids reflect on time spent with dad

FORT KENT, Maine — As any educator will attest, the success of students is often due in large part to the love and support they receive from their parents along the way. Such is the case for many of the 8th grade students who graduated from Valley Rivers Middle School on Monday, June 12.

The students celebrated a major milestone in their lives on Monday, stepping up to high school, and soon will celebrate Father’s Day which is on Sunday, June 18, this year. Some of the students shared how they most enjoy spending time with their fathers.

Popular northern Maine pastimes such as fishing, football and four-wheeling are among the students favorite ways to bond with their dads.

“I like to go fishing with my dad,” said Kaleb Carney, son of Jared Carney of Eagle Lake.

Makayla Desjardins, daughter of Scott Desjardins of Wallagrass, also enjoys spending time with her father and a couple of fishing poles. “We go fishing. We get worms and then put them on the hooks and then get them. We go on a boat and sometimes we go brook fishing,” she said.

Macy Bard, enjoys speedy adventures with her father, Roland Bard Jr. of Fort Kent.

“I like to ride fourwheeler and dirt bike with him. I like to go on car rides with him,” she said.

Macy’s cousin, Karissa Bard enjoys fishing and mudding with her dad, Travis Bard, also of Fort Kent.

“I love going ice fishing, fishing, playing in mud puddles with the truck, and driving,” she said.

Calix Madore, son of Jason Madore of Fort Kent, enjoys helping his father with outside chores. “I like to help him with stuff like yard work,” he said.

Jana Nadeau, daughter of Larry Nadeau Jr. of Fort Kent, said she and her father bond over sports.

“I enjoy watching football games with my father. We are both huge fans of the Patriots. We also enjoy playing football and having ping pong tournaments,” she said.

However the newly minted high-school students and their families choose to celebrate Father’s Day, it seems they have developed bonds, traditions and memories which will last a lifetime.

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