Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

Through Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School’s (FLHFHS) partnership with Rocking the Boat, they seek to expand student opportunities to develop 21st century skills inside and outside of the school. In order to bridge in-and-out of school learning, students at FLHFS engage in both Rocking the Boat’s On Water Classroom (out-of-school experience) and FLHFHS’s Bronx River project­-based curriculum (in-school experience).

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Implemented Partnership Program

Partnership Skills Focus

  • Collaboration
  • Communication

On Water Classroom

Rocking the Boat’s On­ Water Classroom program will provide students with opportunities to explore the Bronx River aboard its student ­built wooden boats and participate in hands ­on activities that increase their knowledge and experience of their local natural environment. Through their participation in Rocking the Boat’s On Water Classroom, students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, which sits very close to the Bronx River but is cut off from the water by the Sheridan Expressway, will be immersed in a part of their community many never knew existed. They will have the opportunity to engage with the natural environment as scientists, engineers, and agents of positive social change. From day one, they will be out on the Bronx River rowing in wooden boats, learning on ­water safety and navigation, conducting environmental field work, and making critical study of local ecosystems. Above all, they will get to address the environmental challenges facing urban areas, all while having fun and working together as teammates and fellow citizens. FLHFHS’ Bronx River in-class curriculum engages students in an in­ depth study of the Bronx River ecosystem. Students focus on essential questions regarding the river’s health, how human activity relates to environmental health, and how social change is enacted.