Interdistrict Downtown School

Minneapolis, MN

Grades 6-8, History
Partner(s): Susan Peterson
Student Achievement Grant
2007, Winter

About this Grantee

Recognizing that middle school students especially need experiential education to improve academic achievement and build confidence, Ms. Rombalski and Ms. Peterson organize an interdisciplinary boat building project. Eighth grade students, under the training of Urban Boat Builders Inc., build two eleven-foot Mississippi skiffs modeled after the boats used by African Americans until the Great Migration. After construction, students create a project proposal to launch the boats, assess community needs, and find a permanent use for the boats that will benefit the community.

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