Harris '89, of Cold Springs, New York, has received $20,000 for his public service project, "Building Bridges, Building Boats." Harris will use the award to develop an after-school program for high school students in Cold Spring. The program is devoted to increasing self-confidence and an awareness of the history and ecology of the Hudson River through a year-long process of building shad boats, the traditional wooden fishing boats of the Hudson River.
The after-school program takes high school juniors through a program of working together in pairs each weekday afternoon to build the boats. Every other weekend, students organize community service projects and cooperative learning ventures involving parents, siblings, and friends, at the Audubon Society's Constitution Marsh, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and river clean-up sites.
For more information on Building Bridges, Building Boats, Inc., vist www.buildingboats.org