The Spirit of Westport is taking shape!

Hello Dharma Voyage Friends,

The boat building program is making great progress!
The Spirit of Westport now has a hull!

finished hullTwenty four students are participating in this exciting class. Small groups of about eight students have been working with Ben Booth and Jon Aborn four days a week in the boat shop. The groups rotate through the schedule, building upon each others’ progress. Titcomb Brothers Manufacturing on Forge Road has kindly donated the space for our project.

These Westport eighth grade students have sanded, sawed, drilled, spread epoxy, and sewn planks together with wire. Their faces beamed with pride today as they stitched the final plank of the hull.

There is still much work to do. We will keep you posted with another update soon.

Launch date will be in mid-June!

One day a week, the students are all together in their classroom at the Westport Junior High. A guest speaker from the community volunteers to share his or her knowledge with the class. Students have learned about such topics as the history of boat building in Westport, the whaling years in New Bedford and Westport, river water science, and the flow of the Westport River and its watershed. More speakers to come!

This is all possible thanks to your support, local grants, and the recent fund-raising event at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. It is amazing to witness what a community can achieve together. Thank you.

Warm regards,

Marilyn Packard-Luther
Education Volunteer Coordinator
Dharma Voyage

The Spirit of Westport is supported in part through generous grants from The Westport Education Foundation and The Westport Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.