Floating Classroom Dedication at GSYC – a smashing success!

On May 4th, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF), dedicated and celebrated the the  christening of the Lake Hopatcong Floating Classroom .   The  vessel was christened, Study Hull, with Donna McHalle-Holly (Grants and Programs Coordinator) smashing the celebratory bottle of champagne, at the docks of the Garden State Yacht Club.  A crowd of more than 75 cheered from the sidelines.

Then the crowd relocated indoors to the GSYC Clubhouse for the Annual Meeting. LHF Board Members presented and invited questions about their current programs, legislative outreach to our State representatives, current budget, plans for the upcoming year and their many initiatives for preserving and improving the lake community.


As for the floating classroom:  the 40′ X 12′ covered catamaran pontoon boat is equipped to seat 40 passengers and crew.  Schools from all around the Lake Hopatcong area will have the chance to learn firsthand about the lake, from its ecology to its history and development.  Students from schools surrounding Lake Hopatcong will be given the chance to perform a series of tests and experiments designed to help them learn about the general health of the lake.

The Study Hull Floating Classroom was purchased with generous grants from several sources, including to the USA TODAY Network’s “A Community Thrives” program , the James P. Verhalen Family Foundation and the Szigethy family.