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Project U.S.E. [urban suburban environments] Newark NJ Boat Launch

On Saturday, April 21 sixteen students from two Newark schools launched three canoes in the Passaic River, culminating a three-month program presented by Project USE. The Boat Building Project was our first effort to combine standard curriculum (math, physics, history, etc.) and experiential learning. With almost 100 people in attendance, including families, teachers, foundation supporters, and even a Newark city councilman, the students representing North Star Academy Charter School of Newark and Link Community School floated their vessels from the edge of Riverbank Park. The event was part of a larger Earth Day celebration, and some of the students participated in a park clean up prior to the launching.


This pilot program will be replicated in schools throughout New Jersey in the coming years.


Please contact us at if you are interested in implementing a Boat Building Project within your school. You can also find out more about our organization by visiting our website:


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Taken on April 21, 2007