Gowrie Street Primary School students squirmed, squealed and widened their eyes in wonder during a Rotary-led yabbying excursion on Monday.
A joint initiative between Shepparton Central Rotary Club and the Lighthouse Project, the Year 6 students regularly take part in excursions with volunteers across the region.
Rotary member Geoff Dobson said his chapter members were among hundreds of volunteers around Shepparton doing their part to engage children through sailing, bushwalking, fishing and local museum tours.
‘‘It helps to look after some of the young people who might need somebody to talk to and we’re there and today we’ll be mentoring a few of the kids,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s about engaging them and putting them in a situation they’ve never been in before, something enjoyable and not out of their comfort zone.
‘‘It shows them a different slant on life than what they might be used to.’’