Oceanside East students to launch boat they built

May 30, 2014
Photo by: Michael McGuire Students from the morning session of Oceanside High School’s Alternative Education program carefully navigate the moving of Amazon from the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland in preparation for her launch June 4 at Snow Marine Park.

Rockland — On Wednesday, June 4, at 11:30 a.m. at Snow Marine Park Station Maine and Oceanside High School’s Alternative Education program will launch the newest member of the Station Maine fleet, Amazon. The public is invited.

Amazon is an elongated Chamberlain Gunning Dory, flat bottomed, with four rowing stations. Volunteers and the students of Oceanside’s Alternative Education program built her over the course of last winter when the bitter cold made rowing impossible.

“Our students took to this project with great enthusiasm and dedication,” said Michael McGuire, director of the Oceanside Alternative Education program, in a news release. “Additionally, the project was incorporated into the math and science classes being taught this semester at Alt Ed.”

Station Maine Director Muriel Curtis extended her thanks to the teachers, administrators, and parents of Rockland's Alt Ed program who are able to see "outside the box" to the learning value a project like this can provide, to Mid-Coast School of Technology's Welding/Fabrication program for their help in revamping a donated trailer, and to Mario Abaldo of Lincoln Street Center for his donation of the space in which to build the boat.

Curtis worked with school staff to design lesson plans aligned with the curriculum being taught in the Alternative Ed classes and provided teachers weekly progress reports.

"All of our boats, our trailers, and programs are products of this community,” said Curtis. "Station Maine wouldn't be here if not for the hundreds of people who give not only money but time, talent, space, and material. We are so fortunate to live in a community that understands what happens when you put a kid in a boat".

Amazon joins its sister, Swallow, to further Station Maine's mission of getting the youth of Knox County out on the water.

For more information about Station Maine and its programs check out stationmaine.org or call Station Maine at 691-2037.

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