I hope this finds you and all your loved ones well.
Thank you for your generous support of World Ocean School this past year and for all that you have helped us to achieve! I am exceptionally proud of where we are as an organization and the resolve of our team to navigate the unknown.
But we do face the enormous challenge of continuing to deliver quality programs while social distancing on our historic landmark. A seemingly insurmountable obstacle to some represents an opportunity for growth to us. We have been working harder than ever to reimagine what access to transformative experiences looks like during this time and beyond. Just as we were able to provide a safe classroom after hurricanes ravaged our beloved home and closed schools in St. Croix, we are eager to again provide high-quality programming on our treasured historic tall ship for our school and community partners, families, and students.
The past few months have kept us busy aboard Roseway with the transit from St. Croix to Boston and historic preservation. Please visit the ship’s logs on our website to see fun highlights from the unique voyage during a quarantine with 13 stellar crew members. This was followed by an outstanding yard program accomplished by a downsized but mighty crew of five (staying socially distanced as a family unit) determined to make a big difference together. Fortunately, Roseway is now back in the water and home in Boston. Our crew will stay safe aboard the ship, focused on maintenance and preservation for at least the next month.
Looking toward the future, we are working closely with our partners in Boston to identify and fill needs. As a result, we will provide opportunities for small groups of students and families to come aboard for unique dockside programming in a safe outdoor environment. Additionally, we are developing virtual lessons for students to access from home.
While we have new initiatives underway in the short- and medium-term, there are also exciting plans on the horizon, including a robust, multi-media partnership to bring a virtual World Ocean School aboard Roseway to students across the globe. Stay tuned for more details!
While unknowns and uncertainty face us all, we are proud of what we have achieved as an organization and know that we will outlast this pandemic. But this year is a difficult one for World Ocean School. Now, more than ever, we need your continued support to fulfill our mission and develop new ways to serve students and communities who are most impacted in this time.
Please consider a generous contribution today to help support our vibrant future. Thank you for helping to ensure World Ocean School stays healthy, nimble, and ready to support our amazing community. We can’t do this without you!
Let us know if there is anything we can do to support you during this time. We are so grateful for the support you have provided to us and honored to be part of your network.
With gratitude and optimism,
Eden Marie Leonard
President and Executive Director