Students adopt ships of OpSail 2012

Students adopt ships of OpSail 2012

Credit: Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. 2012

Letter sent from Ecuador from the training ship, GUAYAS, to Washington and Lee High School students in Montross, Virginia.


Posted on May 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 3:15 PM

NORFOLK-Ships from around the world will be in Norfolk next month for OpSail 2012. 

Thousands of Virginia students will know all about them by the time they arrive because they're part of the Adopt-a-Ship program.

More than 4,000 students from 66 schools and youth organizations have have spent a year learning about the War of 1812, studying their adopted ship and country and communicating with crewmembers.

Lauren Campsen, principal of Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk, said "OpSail 2012 Virginia has provided wonderful learning opportunities! Our adopted ship, the ARC GLORIA from Colombia, has served as a springboard for the study of geography, culture, and writing. Additionally, the whole experience has enriched our maritime studies program.”

Coleman Place Elementary and Tidewater Park Elementary, both in Norfolk, are learning about a ship much closer to home -the Godspeed - which brought colonists to Jamestown.

At Jamestown High School in York Co., teacher Molly Sandling is working with the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society to create a historical guide to Colonial Williamsburg, which will be translated and shared with crew members of their adopted ship the HNoMS THOR HEYERDAHL from Norway.

Students at Kegotank Elementary on the Eastern Shore spoke with the crew of the CUAUHTEMOC, the Mexican Training Ship, via Skype and asked questions about daily life. Accomack County Public School Superintendent Bruce Benson commented, “What a powerful learning experience . . . this allows us to take what’s going on in the classroom, and connect it to the real world.”

The Adopt a Ship program culminates in early June at OpSail 2012 Virginia, when selected students will have the opportunity to greet their ships dockside in a welcome ceremony, take a private tour, and participate alongside their ship’s crew during the Parade of Cadets on Sunday, June 10th.

Adopt a Ship Partners: Accomack Elementary School, Accomack, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
Accomack County Public Schools, Sanford, USCG EAGLE
Bay Bloomers, Eastern Shore, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
Booker T Washington High School, Norfolk, HDMS ESBERN SNARE (L-17)
Boy Scout Troop 306, Cape Charles, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
Broadwater Academy, Exmore, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
Cape Charles Christian School, Cape Charles, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
Caroline High School, Milford, JUAN SEBASTIAN DE ELCANO
Caroline Middle School, Milford, JUAN SEBASTIAN DE ELCANO
Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Norfolk, RFA ARGUS (A-135)
Churchland Elementary School, Portsmouth, KALMAR NYCKEL
Coleman Place Elementary, Norfolk, GODSPEED
F.W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach, JUAN SEBASTIAN DE ELCANO
Girl Scout Troops in Northampton County, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
Granby High School, Norfolk, USCG EAGLE
Great Bridge Cruise Club, Virginia Beach, DEWARUCI
Harbor's Edge/Fort Norfolk Retirement Community, Norfolk, CISNE BRANCO
Hodges Manor Elementary School, Portsmouth, GAZELA
Home Schools (24) in Northampton County, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
James Hurst Elementary, Portsmouth, HMS BOUNTY
James Monroe Elementary, Norfolk, GODSPEED
Jamestown High School, Williamsburg, HNoMS THOR HEYERDAHL (F 314)
Kegotank Elementary School, Mappsville, CUAUHTEMOC
King George Middle School, King George, USCG EAGLE
Kiptopeke Elementary School, Eastern Shore, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
Maury High School, Norfolk, HMCS MONCTON (M-708)
Norfolk Boat Club, Norfolk, JUAN SEBASTIAN DE ELCANO
Norfolk Collegiate, Norfolk, CISNE BRANCO
Norfolk Sister City Association, Norfolk, RFA ARGUS (A-135) and HMCS MONCTON/GOOSE BAY (M-708/M 707)
Northampton High School, Eastville, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
Norview Middle School, Norfolk, GUAYAS
Occohannock Elementary School, Exmore, APPLEDORE V, LYNX, and SULTANA
Ocean View Elementary Maritime School, Norfolk, GLORIA
Old Point Comfort Yacht Club, Ft. Monroe, SPIRIT OF BERMUDA
Park Place School, Norfolk, USCG EAGLE
Park View Elementary School, Norfolk, GAZELA
Portsmouth Boat Club, Portsmouth, CISNE BRANCO
Pride Boating Club of Hampton Roads, Norfolk, PICTON CASTLE
Sea Scouts Ship 16, Suffolk, DEWARUCI
Smithfield High School, Smithfield, CUAUHTEMOC
Suburban Park Elementary, Norfolk, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, GLORIA
The Fifes and Drums of York Town, Yorktown, SPIRIT OF BERMUDA and LYNX
The Salvation Army Tidewater Area- Youth Corps, Norfolk, RFA ARGUS (A-135)
Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, JUAN SEBASTIAN DE ELCANO
Tidewater Park Elementary, Norfolk, GODSPEED
Town Point Yacht Club, Norfolk, HMCS GOOSE BAY (M-707)
Virginia Beach Sail & Power Squadron, Norfolk, DEWARUCI
W.H. Taylor Elementary School, Norfolk, RFA ARGUS (A-135)
Washington and Lee High School, Montross, GUAYAS
Willard Elementary, Norfolk, GODSPEED
Yorktown Middle School, Yorktown, LYNX