LHF Floating Classroom launched. It was a smashing success!

 In early May,  the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF)’s floating classroom, the Study Hull was dedicated at the Garden State Yacht Club docks.

Donna McHalle-Holly, LHF Grants and Programs Coordinator, smashed the celebratory bottle of champagne, while a crowd of more than 75 cheered from the sidelines.

Then the crowd retired to the GSYC Clubhouse for the LHF Annual Meeting.  LHF board members detailed the foundation’s current and planned initiatives to preserve and improve Lake Hopatcong and 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.