Ris­ing Tide pro­gram ex­pands weekly op­tions

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ST. MICHAELS — The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum’s Ris­ing Tide Af­ter-School Boat­build­ing Pro­gram is of­fi­cially back in ses­sion and has ex­panded its of­fer­ings for stu­dents this fall.

Classes typ­i­cally are held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day in CBMM’s Boat­shop, with par­tic­i­pants welcome to sign up for mul­ti­ple or in­di­vid­ual days.

The free pro­gram is open to stu­dents in grades six to nine, al­though stu­dents in grades 10 to 12 may ap­ply for ad­mis­sion. Trans­porta­tion is avail­able be­tween Eas­ton and St. Michaels be­fore and af­ter class.

On Tues­days and Thurs­days, Ris­ing Tide will of­fer its sig­na­ture boat­build­ing classes. Par­tic­i­pants are build­ing two Smith Is­land out­board skif fs this year, with a plan of launch­ing them at CBMM’s Com­mu­nity Day in May 2018. Stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in all phases of con­struc­tion, from milling lum­ber from a log to adding the fin­ish­ing touches.

Ris­ing Tide also will of­fer var­i­ous work­shops and events through­out the year, in­clud­ing model mak­ing, can­vas build­ing and paint­ing classes, girls’ work­shops and hol­i­day gift work­shops. When weather con­di­tions al­low, classes may be held on the wa­ter, learn­ing boat safety, han­dling, nav­i­ga­tion and fish­ing skills. These classes will be of­fered on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days or Fri­days.

Ris­ing Tide teaches stu­dents ba­sic boat­build­ing skills in a wel­com­ing, re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment. The pro­gram works to in­spire par­tic­i­pants to de­velop a sense of self-con­fi­dence and pride, and fa­cil­i­tate men­tor­ships that pro­vide guid­ance and sup­port.

Stu­dents of the pro­gram will be en­cour­aged to be­come more aca­dem­i­cally pre­pared to achieve long-term suc­cess, whether on a col­lege track or vo­ca­tional em­pha­sis, hav­ing gained skills in math­e­mat­ics, en­gi­neer­ing, team build­ing and project man­age­ment.

Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired for boat­build­ing classes and in­di­vid­ual work­shops and events. Sign up for of fer­ings and for the Ris­ing Tide news­let­ter to stay in­formed of up­com­ing pro­grams at cbmm. org/ris­ingtide. To learn more, call 443-550-1173 or email ris­ingtide@ cbmm.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTOS

This fall, the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum’s Ris­ing Tide Af­ter-School Boat­build­ing Pro­gram is of­fer­ing its free boat­build­ing classes on Tues­days and Thurs­days, and other work­shops and events the rest of the week.

A girl learns to op­er­ate a miter saw in a re­cent work­shop at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in St. Michaels. Run through the Ris­ing Tide Af­ter-School Boat­build­ing Pro­gram, a num­ber of work­shops and of­fer­ings are avail­able this fall.

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