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Ms. Alessi from Oakland CA is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Lake Merritt Boating

Help me give my students 6 introduction lessons to boating fun and safety.

  • $1,469 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are newcomers from over 30 different countries around the world: many of them have fled ethnic persecution, dire poverty, or war to find a better life here in Oakland, CA. The large majority of our students (95%) qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Many struggle with the after-effects of trauma they experienced before, during, and after the immigration process. Our students are resilient and wise, goofy and kind, and we are so proud of the progress they make each year in learning English and charting a path towards a better future for themselves and their families.

In boating class many kids experience success for the first time in a long time because of the trauma they have been exposed to.

My Project

This project introduces immigrant students to boating in the inner city of Oakland. Students learn about water safety and how to pick and wear a life jacket. They learn what to do if they fall into the lake and how to call for help and wait calmly in the water. They are taught how to paddle a paddle boat and a kayak, and how to row a canoe and a dragon boat safely.

This activity provides students physical exercise, on an individual and a group setting using cooperative skills in dragon boats and canoes and individual emphasis when kayaking alone.

Ms. Alessi
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Activity Lake Merritt Boating Center $1,200.00

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