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2004: A Great Success!
a direct result of the funding available
through ECHO, Schooner Ernestina provided 121
programs serving 5,723 persons from
the southeastern Massachusetts region,
primarily underserved youth from New Bedford
and Fall River, with more than 17,984
contact hours of structured programming
during July through October 2004.
In addition, more than 661 volunteer
hours were provided by several dozen
volunteers. Twelve interns, youth 14 to
20 years old from the New Bedford community, successfully
applied out of a pool of almost 50, and
came board in teams of four for two
week-stints to assist with the operation of
the historic schooner and participate
alongside the teaching staff in delivery of
the ECHO program. The intern program included
stipends for 960 hours of intern effort.
A focused outreach effort led to programs
for 32 different community-based
organizations, 26 schools and nine
college-based programs as well as 12
public sails open to the community at
Anthony worked with staff and ECHO
partners on curriculum design for the Ocean
Learning Program. She is shown here testing
one of the stations on board the ship.
Our Ocean Learning
Program Coordinator, Barbara Burgo, confirmed logistics
and refined the way the program functioned.
She outreached to many community-based
organizations to fill more than 120 time slots
throughout the season into the Fall. Outreach
began in August to schools and other partners
to fill the Fall schedule with many
relationships already in place thanks to
ongoing collaborations between the ECHO
partners and the public schools.
Learning Program Coordinator, Barbara Burgo, and
Intern Program Coordinator, Laurie Weitzen,
acknowledge the great effort by the ECHO
Interns Fernando Gonsalves, Max DeOliveira,
Katie DePrato and Kyle Miner. Not present for
the end of the year celebration were other
interns Jerrel Burgo, Jayme Diaz, Bryce Garron,
Calvin Grace, Jeremy Lambalot, Wilson Pilarte,
Brian Rudolph and Christian Turgeon.
provided a great opportunity! However, the challenge is rarely met with
grant funding alone. You can help us make up the balance
to cover our overall budget for the year. You
can ensure Ernestina is under full
sail with a generous donation
today... If you would like to donate now, please click
the image to the right to go to a secure server set up
to handle online donations. Thank you in advance for
Brengle presents a new ECHO banner to
Ernestina on behalf of the Whaling Museum
and the New Bedford Oceanarium just before
the fireworks began in New Bedford Harbor on
NEW BEDFORD, MA – Earlier this year the New Bedford
Whaling Museum and the New Bedford Oceanarium announced
the creation of a joint local
initiative to provide education, training and ocean
learning experiences to SouthCoast students and
The “Sharing Cultures/Connecting Oceans: a New
Bedford Collaboration” also involves the University
of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Schooner Ernestina and the New Bedford Global Learning Charter School.
Funding, estimated at $695,000, has been appropriated
Education through Cultural and Historical
Organizations (ECHO) program of the U.S. Department of
Education. The ECHO program links cultural
organizations in Alaska, Hawaii, and Massachusetts in
developing cultural and educational initiatives.
The program’s goals are to build bridges to learn
about local history, art and the natural environment
by expanding the presence of cultural and historical
organizations in the community; to celebrate cultural
and ethnic diversity within historic coastal
communities; to explore the connections among
business, commerce, art, science and the natural
environment; and to create new opportunities for
teaching and learning.
Established by Congress as part of the No
Child Left Behind Act of 2001, ECHO is an educational
and cultural enrichment initiative serving hundreds of
thousands of children and adult learners in Alaska,
Hawaii and Massachusetts. Working with local partners,
such as the National Park Service, schools and
community-based organizations, ECHO programs foster
greater appreciation of local and national history and
assist communities in maximizing the social benefits
of new technology. The ECHO partners include the New
Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Oceanarium,
Peabody Essex Museum, Bishop Museum in Hawaii, and the
Alaska Native Heritage Center and Inupiat Heritage
Center in Alaska.
of our homeport of New Bedford for the sailing
season offering daysail
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A SPECIAL GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAY?
Is there a person on your
Christmas or Hanukkah list who loves music?
If so, please consider the CD "Lovely Ernestina
and Songs of the Sea". This CD features the
New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus and the Rum
Soaked Crooks. The cost is $15 and all proceeds
benefit Schooner Ernestina. They are available
here at the office and if you need shipping, the cost
is $2. Best wishes for a happy holiday season!
Just call 508-992-4900 and speak with Polly Zajac
or order one through firstname.lastname@example.org
We have another special
keepsake of New Bedford
The proceeds from the sale of this
ornament will be used to fund economic development
activities in downtown New Bedford. A non-profit
organization, Downtown New Bedford, Inc. is dedicated
to stimulating downtown New Bedford’s growth and
prosperity. $1 will be donated to the Schooner
Ernestina for each ornament.
Please download and print the order
form and mail your request today!
The rendering of the historic 2004
ornament was done by New Bedford area artist, Arthur
Moniz, who has been painting New England scenery for
more than 30 years.
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PUBLISHING AWARD GOES TO TONY CAVE
Ken Phillips from
Yankee Publishing congratulates Tony Cave
from Yankee Publishing came from their headquarters in
New Hampshire for Ernestina's End-of -the-Year
Celebration to award Tony Cave the Barnraiser of
the Year Award, a special recognition to persons
who give their time generously for the causes they
believe in. Tony has been instrumental in a behind the
scenes effort to consider the potential for an
endowment to support the Schooner Ernestina.
Thank you so much, Tony! and
congratulations from all of us at Ernestina. Our
appreciation to Yankee Publishing for their thoughtful
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THANK YOU to ERNESTINA's VOLUNTEERs
Casey, longtime volunteer was featured in
the Standard-Times, the regional paper in
New Bedford, MA.
want to thank the many volunteers who
gave their time and support to the
Schooner Ernestina during the 2004
the year, whether performing maintenance
on the ship, helping to teach the
educational programs underway, working to
expand and interpret Ernestina's history,
or stuffing envelopes in the office,
volunteers could be found working
alongside the Ernestinas
professional staff. In every aspect of
the organization, they were there,
heartily contributing to the Ernestinas mission.
This past year, we documented
hundreds of hours of volunteer
contributions. There will be more activities planned
after the first of the year over the winter... Stay
We are grateful
to all the volunteers who helped Ernestina meet her ambitious programming goals this year,
and would like thank them sincerely for all that
they contribute. Their gift of time and talents
are invaluable to us! Without even one person, no
matter how many hours, the 2004 programs would
not have been as successful as they were.
If you are interested in
volunteering please check out Ernestina's volunteer page....
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ANNUAL APPEAL: 100% UNDERWRITES PROGRAMS
learning moments... Which ones do you
Your gift to the Schooner Ernestina will hand
school children theirs....
donation to the Schooner Ernestina Commission today will put students
If you would like an on-line or mail-in
form you can go to our membership page
Or donate electronically by credit card by clicking
on the icon below....
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Community Partners, you can
help support Schooner Ernestina. Subscribe for
one year for only $20 and Yankee will donate $8 to Schooner Ernestina to put toward our
fund-raising goals. For more information and to
subscribe go to Yankee's website.
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