Pell School Sailing

Pell School Sailing

Pell School SailingBeginning in September 2017, Sail Newport partnered with the Newport Public School System for Pell 4th-graders to learn to sail as part of their regular school day, tying in parallel elements from the STEM curriculum including science, technology, math and, sustainability.

We are in our second year of this innovative 16-week program providing hands-on experiential learning both on and off the water. Students used the Newport Harbor, Narragansett Bay, and Fort Adams State Park as their real-world classroom for a few hours each week. A land-based curriculum also was integrated.

The mission of the Sail Newport Education program is to provide hands-on educational opportunities for children in our community to be exposed to life on and under the waters of Narragansett Bay and beyond. The education program at Sail Newport will expose and educate participants to the fundamentals of sailing, sustainability, marine science, weather and ocean conservation in partnership with related non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

  • No special gear required
  • Sail Newport will provide life jackets and rain gear
  • No prior experience on the water is necessary
  • Taught by certified, highly-trained instructors
Pell School land-based curriculum
  • 4th-Grade STEAM Education elements
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Weather
  • Mapping
  • Land forms
  • Soil
  • Erosion
  • Sustainability
  • Content developed, supported and taught by the 4th-Grade teachers

Support this program with a donation

Contact Brad Read, Executive Director, at brad.read@sailnewport.org.

The Newport Public Education Foundation presented an award to Sail Newport for the innovative Pell Elementary School Sailing Program. The Noreen Stonor Drexel 2018 Partner in Education Award was accepted by Brad Read, exec. dir., Kim Hapgood, prog. dir., Donna Kelly, school coord and instructors.

The award reads:

“In recognition and gratitude for serving the children and families of Newport by providing a classroom on the ocean, access and opportunities for our future leaders, realizing anything is possible, building self-esteem, confidence, character and leadership. June 1, 2018”

Additional awards for the Sail Newport Pell School Sailing Program include:

  • State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations – Senate Citation
  • State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Citation
  • City of Newport – Certificate of Recognition

Have questions?

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact:

Sail Newport Program Director, Kim Hapgood
Phone: (401) 846-1983
Email: kim.hapgood@sailnewport.org

Pell School Principal, Traci Westman
Email: traciwestman@npsri.net

Pell School & Curriculum Coordinator, Donna Kelly
Email: donnakelly@npsri.net