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Students float on recycling

RCS students build floating creations for second Recyclable Boat Regatta

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School teacher Scott Peck, center, talks to a group of students as they start fastening pieces of their boat together on Wednesday, May 29. Students then raced the boats on Saturday, June 1.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School teacher Scott Peck, center, talks to a group of students as they start fastening pieces of their boat together on Wednesday, May 29. Students then raced the boats on Saturday, June 1. Photo by John Purcell.

— Peck said the students are learning are variety of skills through the project, such as how to use hand tools and how to work with a group to complete a project.

“And to learn how to have fun with basically almost all pre-found materials to show you can have a good time and not have to spend a lot of money,” he said.

Keith Houghtaling, a ninth-grader, said it was a good project because they were able to make use of material that otherwise would end up in a landfill.

“We are using all recycled parts, so it is not like we are buying stuff and then are just going to get rid of it,” he said.

He also liked how each group was able to build a boat however it liked.

“We are not told how to build it. We are only given requirements that it has to meet,” he said, “so we can be as creative as we want on it.”

The students raced their boats Saturday, June 1, and followed it up with a barbecue, fishing, games and swimming in Lawson Lake. Peck said last year, more than 200 hamburgers and hot dogs were served.

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