Makulu comes full circle

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Two-and-a-half years after departing New York City, the crew of the 43-foot Nautor ketch, Makulu II, returned to the United States May 22 having completed their mission to bring the world to hundreds of elementary school students through the Internet.

As an exuberant crowd of family, friends and students cheered, Capt. Erin Myers deftly steered Makulu into a slip at North Cove Marina in Battery City. A steel band played island music as well-wishers showered the boat with flower petals. After a celebratory champagne shower, the Makulu crew stepped onto the docks where they were greeted with hugs and colorful leis.

The voyage of the Makulu was organized by Heather Halstead, executive director of Manhattan-based non-profit organization Reach the World. Halstead, a Dartmouth graduate, undertook a similar voyage aboard Makulu from 1997 to 1999. Her mission then, as it is now, was to link students and teachers in low-income communities with real-world global expeditions. Through Makulu’s adventures, teachers can bring a new dimension to the textbooks studied in class, and inspire kids to explore the world. www.reachtheworld.org