Hello Fans of Porcupine and BMC, At roughly 42 by 15 feet, Porcupine inhabits a rather large section of both the BMC boatshop and our current organizational focus. She is by no means, however, the only vessel our students and staff are working on. In fact, BMC’s 92nd boat — our second St. Ayles Skiff — will launch this afternoon. Students from the Bayfront Alternative Education Program, apprentices from Project Sail and Project Voyage, and BMC volunteers all contributed to the skiff’s construction under the watchful instruction of our aptly named boatbuilder, Jodi Carpenter. Their labors will come to fruition as the
The spring session of Project SAIL started this week and we have another crew of motivated high-school students who are engaged and preparing for their futures. Apprentices are learning essential skills for succeeding in their education and careers, and becoming self-confident leaders for their peers and community. Way to go, apprentices!
Many of our Bhutanese students wanted to share their culture, so they cooked some of their cuisine for their fellow apprentices and BMC’s staff. They created amazing samosas, and were laughing and dancing along to the boombox playing everything from Bollywood to Miley Cyrus. While we try to teach our students about life, our students teach us what life is all about.
GE’s Employee Community Service Fund has generously donated $5,000 to BMC for the purchase of Smart Board technology for BAEP, Project SAIL, and other BMC programming. BMC also had a group from GE Transportation do groundskeeping and assist in installing a Peace Pole, with the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in fours languages: English, Spanish, Nepali, and Hawaiian. These languages represent the diverse cultures that learn, teach, and work at our waterfront campus. BMC would like to thank GE’s Employee Community Service Fund, GE Transportation, and other GE associates who support BMC’s mission to provide engaging, hands-on programming for the Erie community.
Project SAIL, BMC’s after school program, is up and running with a full roster of 31 apprentices. Students sailed as much as possible last week to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather. This week they went on their first field trip to our neighbor, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair. Experiences like this raise career awareness about future jobs available in the maritime industry . Project SAIL is made possible by grants from the TK Foundation, and the United Way of Erie County.
We are so very proud of our students! It took Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to make one of these instruments, as well as perseverance, patience, focus, and some hard work!