Wednesday, July 8, 2020

All Smiles through a Mask

Hello everyone!

            My name is Patrice Haney and I can’t put into words how excited I am for this summer at Save the Harbor. As we all know, this summer will be much different due to the “new normal” that we are all experiencing in different ways. Nonetheless, I aim to make the best of the situation and enjoy the fact that although we’ll be facing some challenges, we must be grateful that we still get to work on the beaches all summer long!

I grew up in Holbrook, which is just south of Braintree, but I went to Cardinal Spellman for high school in Brockton. There I ran track and played varsity soccer all four years. I was captain for both teams my junior and senior year. In 2018 I committed to Framingham State University for track and chose to major in mathematics and elementary education. This fall I will be going into my junior year as a track captain and I couldn’t be any happier. I have never once doubted the fact that I wanted to teach for a living and working for save the harbor has only strengthened that desire.
Teaching a young camper to fish at George's Island
Growing up, I spent as much time as possible at my grandmother’s house in Revere. My brothers and I would spend the day jumping into the ocean and hunting for clams or hermit crabs at the beach. I have always loved the ocean and have been to almost every beach on the north and south shore. In my junior year of high school, my grandmother introduced me to Bruce Berman who explained to me what Save the Harbor did each year for their youth program and I knew on the spot that I wanted to work there. I started out that year as a junior program assistant (JPA), working on All Access. The staff that I worked with formed such close bonds with each other, it made me want to come back every summer after that. Since that first year, I have stayed in touch with everyone I have worked with.
Sand raking at Constitution Beach last year

I am very excited to be a Team Leader this summer and take on more responsibility. My goal is to not only create strong enjoyable content for camps to use with their kids but to also make my JPA’s fall in love with this job as much as I did my first time working. Together we are going to have an amazing summer and create some really interesting and educational content for all the camps that would normally be out on the harbor with us!

Catch you later,

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