St. Croix financial services company Cane Bay Partners VI LLLP and the World Ocean School have teamed up again to offer St. Croix’s Ricardo Richards Middle School students a unique educational experience.
Cane Bay Partners – at the direction of its partners Kirk Chewning and David Johnson — donated the funds to provide the educational sailing program at no cost to the students of the school.
The week-long program inspires the students with academically-tied experiential programs aboard the National Historic Landmark Schooner Roseway, according to Abby Kidder, president and co-founder of the World Ocean School Aboard the Roseway.
For many students, their first step aboard the Roseway is their first step onto a boat of any kind. During the educational program, they work together to raise the 2,000 pound sail and navigate the 90-year-old, 260-ton sailboat.
“If the kids don’t work together, the sail does not go up,” Kidder said. “Everyone involved has a real and immediate impact on sailing this boat. She is authentic and the kids respond to that.”
The benefit of this authentic experience made perfect sense to Cane Bay Partners leadership.
VIDEO: Hear from the kids themselves in this wonderful video supplied by World Ocean School and Videographer Ted Davis.
“We see tremendous value in the life skills this program offers our Virgin Island students,” said Chewning. “Communication, team-building, trust and the value of self-worth are integral components of the week-long lesson plan. That’s why we continue to support the Roseway program and encourage others to do the same.”
The World Ocean School holds its annual St. Croix fundraiser to support all of its experiential education programs.
On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, the Roarin’ Roseway Gala and Patrons’ events took place aboard the historic schooner and at the Ha’Penny. To learn more about how to contribute to this cause, visit the World Ocean School Web site.
Cane Bay Partners VI LLLP: Cane Bay Partners VI LLLP was formed in June 2009 and founded by internationally-experienced business executives with many years of experience in the financial services industry. They focus their efforts primarily in the financial services industry.
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