Pete Seeger Visits Bank Street Second Graders

On February 10, 2012, Pete Seeger, singer/songwriter and social activist, paid a visit to the second grade classes in the School for Children. As part of their civil rights and Hudson River studies, the students learned about the central role he played in raising awareness and funds to build the Clearwater, a 106 foot long sloop that is a replica of those used on the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1966, Seeger was so distressed by the condition of the river that he hatched the idea of “building a ship to save the river”. Today the Clearwater continues to spread the message of stewardship by providing science-based environmental education on a sailing ship.
As he greeted the children, he remarked, “A few years from now, you’ll be running the world.” He told stories, the children sang for him, he sang for them, and everyone sang together. It was a morning to remember.

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