For over 35 years, Schooner has brought Long Island Sound alive in the minds of children and adults throughout Connecticut through summer camps, classroom education, public sails and community boating. Please read on for the latest update from our Board of Directors and discover how you can catch the spirit of Schooner.
May 19, 2016
Dear Schooner Friends,
Thank you for your past support and for helping us stay true to our core mission: to promote environmental awareness and personal growth through educational experiences in marine science, sailing, and the history of Long Island Sound and its watershed. We have great news!
For over a year, our Board of Directors has been working hard to rebuild Schooner so that it can continue its mission to connect youth and their families from Greater New Haven to Long Island Sound and surrounding watersheds. We have made important progress and have a wonderful opportunity to provide a Summer Program for campers from the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven. This summer, we will partner with the Boys & Girls Club and the New Haven Land Trust to offer a daily afternoon program at the Land Trust’s Long Wharf Nature Preserve and the Sound School for up to 25 campers per day (a total of up to 300 children), ages 6-10 years old. The program will run Monday-Thursday for 6 weeks, July 5 – August 11, 2016.
The Boys & Girls Club offers a 6-week licensed full-day summer camp for youth who live in low-resource New Haven neighborhoods. Our partnership will enable them to offer interested youth a supplemental camp experience focused on marine and maritime education and recreation.
Schooner: Kids2Coastline will bring New Haven’s coastline to life with a range of activities designed to appeal to young children. Just like the best summer day on the shoreline, our afternoons will balance activity and quiet reflection, giving campers a chance to connect with each other and discover the sea at the end of the street. We will provide our kids with the opportunity to grow, discover, and have fun in the natural world.
You can make Schooner: Kids2Coastline come true for as many as 300 kids this summer. We need to raise $25,000 by June 30, 2016, so that we can offer this opportunity free-of-charge to the Boys & Girls Club and bring kids to the water…and beyond. We will use the funds to hire quality program staff, program materials, daily snacks, and daily bus transportation to and from the Boys & Girls Club. We welcome all levels of support and hope you will join our crew of sponsors so that Schooner can set sail again -- for our kids, for our coastline, and for our community. I would be happy to discuss this opportunity with you (send your contact information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org). I hope we can count on your support!
Please give as generously as you are able by donating online or by sending your check to us at the address below:
60 South Water Street
New Haven, CT 06519
Schooner, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
On behalf of our dedicated board, please accept our heartfelt thanks,
Kyle Pedersen, President of the Board
Schooner Board of Directors
Kyle Pedersen - President
Mary Beth Decker - Vice President
Tony Scierka - Treasurer
Ruth E. Swanton - Secretary
Dennis M. Danaher
Robert S. Frew
Schooner Inc's Mission
We bring kids to the water and beyond where they can discover, play and help preserve and protect our marine environment. We explore the waterfront and waterways of Long Island Sound through hands-on learning and recreation that inspires and changes lives. Our programs reflect this mission as well as our core values.