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July, 2017 Newsletter 
Summer News
  • Wind & Oar Open House celebration:  a success
  • Donor highlight: Harris Family
  • Launchings: busy summer schedule
  • Willamette River Festival
  • Ft Vancouver/Wind & Oar collaborate 
  • George Middle School presents to Portland City Council
  • Herreshoff Columbia Dinghy
  • Portland Wooden Boat Show
  • Join us ~ Row with ROSIE, St Ayles Skiff
  • Word of the month
Partners, friends and supporters listen in as Executive Director Peter Crim welcomes all to the new Wind & Oar workshop.
Wind & Oar Open House ~ June 1st party a success
Thank you to all who joined us the evening of June 1st to celebrate Wind & Oar's new home in Milwaukie. Among our honored guests were Hilarie Miller and George Ray, Jr. from the Joyce Miller Owens Foundation; Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, Councilor Wilda Parks and Ann Ober; and Phylicia Haggerty, representing Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamic's office. Very special thanks go out to MJ Harris, Peggy & Tige Harris, Chuck Piper, Greg Mackintosh, Liz Goss, for making the evening a success. Thanks also to Katie, Zach, Jordan, and Noah for standing in as caterers for the evening. We look forward to working with our existing, and new, partners to provide additional community services to the greater metropolitan Portland area.

In addition to tours highlighting the newly outfitted woodshop several boats from prior projects were on display, including several that are for sale. Attendees were able to run their hands along the sides of these remarkable, hand-crafted boats, in awe that they were built by middle school and high school students improving their math, science, team-work, self-confidence and other skills to carry them forward in school and life.   
MJ Harris
Farmington View's first of four Bevin's Skiffs
Donor Highlight:  the Harris Family
It was a memorable and happy day when Margaret Jane Harris found her way to Wind & Oar's boat shop in early 2012. An experienced maritime education professional, MJ had recently relocated to Oregon and was happy to find our budding program. Five years later, MJ has contributed expertise and passion helping W&O whenever possible while raising her young daughter. MJ's parents, Peggy & Tige Harris have been among W&O's earliest and strongest supporters launching the W&O partnership with Farmington View Elementary School. Through their generous contributions of financial resources, time, and volunteer hours, the Harris family committment to the hands-on learning and positive youth development shines on. Thank you! 

Launchings: the culminating event for every build

Farmington View school launches their 4th Bevin's Skiff.
Farmington View Elementary   fifth graders launch their Bevin's skiff on June 1st, marking the school's 4th year and boat project with Wind & Oar. Each year, fifth graders there eagerly await the start of the spring semester when boat building begins.
Congratulations students and faculty!

Still to come:

Summer Builds and Launches: July 21; July 30th, August 4th
  •  Stephen's Creek Crossing/Neighborhood House two week build ends with launch on July 21st
  • Willamette River Festival is the site for two upcoming launch events; George Middle School 7th graders and West Sylvan Middle Schoolers each built Bevin's Skiffs as part of 50 hour STEAM course. Students wil name and launch both boats under the St John's Bridge at 1 pm on Sunday July 30th. 
  • and on August 4th, the upcoming:  Ft Vancouver pilot project will launch a Bevin's skiff on Vancouver Lake. 
George MS in 2015
iTech Prep in 2015
Montavilla STEM club 2016
Preparing to name the George Middle School boats in 2015
West Sylvan Middle School: Wind & Oar is excited to be working with this new partner and these wonderful students. The two week intensely focused STEAM project, though fast paced, brought smiles to students and staff as collaboration was the daily catch word

Willamette River Festival

This year's festival in St John's Cathedral Park is the site at which students from two middle schools will launch their Bevin's Skiffs. Both projects were completed as STEAM class projects, integrating math, science, and engineering skills with woodworking. Over 150 students participated in these 50 hour classes. Come on down and celebrate with the students, Sunday, July 30th at 1pm.

New Collaboration with the National Park Service at Ft. Vancouver
Wind & Oar Boat School and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be offering On the Water, a hands-on workshop exploring maritime history for youth ages 10 to 15. Participants will apply math and science skills to build a simple skiff, rotating through several stations over the course of the week-long workshop. Along with the boat building activities, they will learn about the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest, with topics including waterways as transportation routes, early Euro-American exploration, maritime fur trade, 19th century carpentry and blacksmithing, and human manipulation of the Columbia River.
The workshop will take place at the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4, 2017. Two sessions will be offered:  Session A (9 AM to 1 PM) or Session B (12 PM to 4 PM).  
Contact Ft. Vancouver to register (link above).

George Middle School 6th graders present 3D map of St John's neighborhood to Portland City Council 
George Middle School students presented their 3D map of the St. John's neighborhood to the Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler, and City Commissioners at a council meeting on June 14, 2017.  An exciting day in civic education, the map has been on display in front of the mayor's office before moving back to Portland Public Schools District Office in mid July.  Feel free to stop by Portland City Hall to take a look!
George Middle School students presenting to Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler at July 14th City Council meeting. 
Students surround the map, which is on display in Portland City Hall, 3rd floor, 

Merlo Station High School ~  Herreshoff Columbia Dinghy
Students ended the school year with a nearly complete boat, with a small cadre of students attending 30 hour summer school. The 2016-2017 project was once again "a from scratch" endeavor. From lofting to cutting patterns, laying the keel, shaping the planks to steam bending and riveting the ribs, this traditionally built boat is another beautiful vessel. High school students worked over 7 months recognizing patience is essential to craftsmanship and applying academic skills to woodworking.   `
Ready to rivet the ribs
Teamwork an essential skill
Steam bending the oak keel
Join us for rowing with ROSIE, a St Ayles Skiff
Grab your crew of 4-5 friends, work colleagues, or family and come on down and row with Wind & Oar. Once you experience the joy and ease of rowing, you'll be hooked as so many now in Scotland, England, and North America have discovered. Constructing and rowing these boats brings people together building community, and a shared,  can do spirit. Learn more here
Getting the W&O word out:  Portland Wooden Boat Festival
Wind & Oar boats displayed three boats at this year's Portland Wooden Boat Festival at the Willamette Sailing Club.  It was a beautiful day and 'booth traffic' was very good, providing a great opportunity to raise awareness of the educational services Wind & Oar provides to the greater Portland area.   
Wooden Boat Festival, July 9, 2017 Picture 1
Learning about Wind & Oar.
Wooden Boat Festival, July 9, 2017 Picture 2
Sand Dollar on display.
Wooden Boat Festival, July 9., 2017 Picture 3
Ebhien 16 on display.
Rosie was the 1st boat built by Wind & Oar - all women construction!
ROSIE, a St Ayles Skiff,  was the 1st boat built by Wind & Oar - all women construction!
  Word of the Month

Wind & Oar:  Engaging young people and inspiring learning through the art, science, and craft of building wooden boats.  
Wind & Oar Boat School 
"It's bigger than the boat!"

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