Paul Cuffee School offered several summer enrichment programs designed to give students unforgettable hands-on learning experiences. In keeping with our maritime theme, two RI programs explored sailing and seamanship, while students in a third program journeyed to the island nation of Cape Verde.
Herreshoff Seamanship Program
Six Cuffee students spent two weeks at the Herreshoff Seamanship Program in Bristol, RI, learning to sail Herreshoff 12½’s—classic ships that were built in Bristol between 1914 and 1939. This opportunity, funded by the McCarthey Foundation, imparted not only sailing skills and knowledge but also opportunities for personal and social growth.
Block Island Maritime Institute
In August, a group of Paul Cuffee sophomores and juniors spent five days at the Block Island Maritime Institute exploring maritime science, history, and culture. In addition to visiting the island’s historical museum and lighthouses, students took part in a beach clean-up community project, water testing experiments, and a fisheries biology lecture. They also spent time kayaking, fishing, and meeting local dignitaries, including Board members and even Richard Parsons, former CEO of Time Warner and Citigroup.
Learning for Credit on Cape Verde
Four Cuffee seniors traveled to the Cape Verde Islands along with 19 undergraduates from the University of Rhode Island for two weeks of cultural and environmental education, while earning college credits. Partnering with a URI program and directed by Cuffee Board member Earl Smith, students learned about eco-tourism—the theme of this year’s program—by visiting culturally and historically significant landmarks, interviewing local residents, and talking with community and government leaders about the impact of tourism on the local economy and way of life.