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Learning to Sail

Even though they were eager to learn to sail, Janelle and Samantha’s first experience on the Hartley did not go so well! They were frightened of how much faster and harder the bigger boat was to control. They tried to get back on course for a few minutes, and then I volunteered to jump in […]

The Student Becomes the Leader

Angelina opened up to me quickly at our first after-school program. While it was obvious she felt like an outsider, she came forth and spoke to me about her doubts at the end of the day. The next time Angelina arrived at Ocean Beach, she jumped right in. By no means an expert, she felt […]

Trying Something New!

While there have been days and moments when I feel I have impacted a child’s life, the acts I did for students on their first day of sixth grade are the things I am most pleased with. The first day of school is always filled with nervousness and excitement. For any incoming sixth grader, the […]

Gregory’s Turn

One by one students plopped into the water and swam their best. Finally, it was Gregory’s turn. He cautiously stepped down the ladder into the water and hung onto the wall, looking at me for further instructions. I asked him to start swimming and go as far as possible—but I only received a couple blinks […]

Great Story: The Wonders of the Ocean

Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Maggie Cozens “I am standing in the Alewife Salt Marsh, holding out an especially tiny hermit crab to Egan, the delighted 7th grader beside me. He reaches for it and it plops down in the water again. It scampers away quickly, but Egan – our undeterred resident naturalist- pursues […]