My name is Bridget Ryan and I am so excited to be back for my third summer with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay! During the school year, I teach 8th grade Civics and coach the Varsity Softball Team at the John D. O'Bryant in Roxbury but during the summer I serve as the Lead Teacher in charge of the Summer Youth Programs for Save the Harbor. With the 100+ inches of snow that fell on Boston this winter, I am ready to break out the fishing rods and lobster traps and embark on another fabulous summer around Boston Harbor.
This past week, the senior staff visited the different program sites around the harbor and got ready for the all-staff orientation! On Wednesday, 36 of our summer staffers participated in Save the Harbor's summer orientation. I cannot think of a better way to kick off the summer than traveling to George's Island, walking through the dark tunnels of Fort Warren, or listening to Nora Dooley explain the art of storytelling as she transformed into Mary the Pirate.
This summer not only will I be managing our summer staff and youth programs but I am also taking on another role as Site Director for the Harbor Explorers Program at Carson Beach. Under the guidance of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Save the Harbor will work out of the McCormick Bath House with kids from around the city will be able to participate in swim lessons with the YMCA, kayaking with Boating in Boston, soccer clinics with America SCORES, fish prints, and other activities with Save the Harbor staff. Many Junior Program Assistants (JPAs) will be working on Carson Beach this summer and are eager to see what awaits them at the site.
Here's to a great summer filled with sunshine, striped bass, and lobsters for everyone!