Floating Classroom' buoyed by grants

LAKE GEORGE - The Lake George Association's educational Floating Classroom program has recently been awarded two grants totalling $16,000.

The Claneil Foundation awarded the LGA a grant of $14,000, which will help cover some of the cost the LGA assumed in purchasing their new Floating Classroom boat, a 40' catamaran named the "Rosalia Anna Ashby." This new vessel is the key piece in getting the LGA's high-profile program back out on the waters of Lake George, LGA Executive Director Walt Lender said this week.

International Paper Foundation in Ticonderoga awarded the LGA a grant of $2,760 for the purchase of new water samplers. The LGA was able to acquire enough of these educational tools to cover a full-sized class trip.

These grants were augmented by several private donations, Lender said.

"We are truly grateful for these grant awards," Lender said. "The donors' generosity is a real testament to the value of the Floating Classroom in instilling a sense of stewardship in our next generation."

The award-winning Floating Classroom is central to the mission of the LGA, and a core element of its educational program. The program provides an enlightening experience to over 1,000 area school children annually, teaching them about the Lake George ecosystem.

Although targeted for middle school students in Grades 6-8, the program has expanded and adapted to take out high school and elementary classes.

The field trips, both on land and water, provide students with an overview of lake geology and an understanding of how a watershed works and how land-based activities affect water quality.

The LGA is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the beauty and quality of the Lake George Basin.

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