Letter from the Director:

Greetings and Happy Holidays! The season of giving is upon us as well as the time to remember what we should all be thankful for. We all get caught up in the daily grind, the dark days, and of course the holiday shopping lists. I think it’s important however to take time to reflect on the people and things we appreciate in our lives that we may take for granted on a daily basis. All of us at Educational Passages are so thankful for our supporters, educators and enthusiastic students who remind us of why we do what we do. Over the past year we have helped hundreds of students experience a unique opportunity by building, launching and tracking the EP miniboats and their amazing adventures.

While we are all able to watch their paths and even predict their trajectory, there is still a piece of the story that we may not ever know. What kind of weather are they sailing through? Do they see any whales breaching? I wonder if any seabirds land on the deck and take a free ride! Questions like these are part of what keeps our program exciting and engaging to teachers and students, and make our jobs worthwhile and fun. This level of wonder and curiosity engages the students’ sense of exploration and appreciation for how vast and uncharted our oceans really are. Our goal is not only to achieve global ocean literacy and connect our many participants and partners but also to keep the magic of discovery and imagination alive in all of us.

We are excited to provide you with some highlights from our miniboat adventures in this issue of “Passages” and look forward to sharing many more. This program joins participants worldwide, supports innovative curricula and provides boundless opportunities for so many people and for that I am thankful. We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Be well and Sail On,