On Tuesday, June 3, fourth-grade students from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart set out on an epic adventure to launch the boat that they built by hand since October 2018 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, NJ. This inspiring project-based learning experience was supported by an exceptional team of educators consisting of Meghan Dilmore, Dee Harris and Drew Schoudel. The boys received the Eastport Pram kit in the fall and have been sanding, nailing, constructing, priming and painting every inch of their vessel together, as a team, since.
The boys affectionately named their boat, "Soar" and each boy signed the mast which proudly boasts a white sail depicting Princeton Academy's school crest. Their labor of love was in part an homage to Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne who traveled to North America from France to found Sacred Heart education in the U.S. and Canada 200 years ago. This intentional connection was not lost on the students as they prepared a wonderful presentation for parents to hear about how their boat-building experience related to Philippine's journey. They emphasized perseverance, faith, wise freedom and community as the lessons they learned.
A testament to the boys and their dedication was that they built something with their hands over the course of eight months and thoughtfully planned out different aspects of their creation according to the ideals and values inherent to the development of their character. Each detail of the project was aligned with the school's mission which states, "Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs."
According to true maritime tradition, before "Soar" set out on her maiden voyage, Headmaster Rik Dugan and Head of Lower School Paris McLean christened the boat with blue and green Gatorade. Each student had the opportunity to sail in "Soar" and plenty of parents and grandparents were present to celebrate the accomplishment of almost an entire school year's worth of hard work. Go HAWKS!
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an all-boys K-8 independent school. Creative. Compassionate. Courageous. We bring out the best in boys.