Newport County, RI, Students to Sail on Oliver Hazard Perry Tall Ship

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Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) has announced a new education program partnership with the Newport Public School Department and specifically Rogers High School. The van Beuren Charitable Foundation recently designated a $36,400 grant toward the effort, which helps fulfill OHPRI’s goal of establishing opportunities for Newport County students to access at-sea experiential education programs onboard Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, the 200’ Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry.

Photo by Nonni Sansourcy
Photo by Nonni Sansourcy

“OHPRI and the Newport Public School Department have been cultivating this collaboration since 2010,” said OHPRI Executive Director Jess Wurzbacher, “and with Oliver Hazard Perry now becoming operational, both parties are committed to implementing this plan.

It fits perfectly within the van Beuren Charitable Foundation’s specific commitment to supporting alternative learning pathways and helping students thrive in life through mastery of knowledge and skills.”

The pilot program will connect 30 Rogers High School students and the school to Oliver Hazard Perry, developing a close working relationship with four teachers who will transform classroom-based learning into a new culture of experiential learning.

Photo by Dan Cleveland
Photo by Dan Cleveland

The hands-on, community driven voyage is scheduled for August 23-29, 2015 and includes students in the operation of the square-rigged ship, offering first-hand experience of the maritime environment integral to Newport, its history, and its ecosystems.

 

For more information, call 401-841-0080, info@ohpri.org.