Symposium hosted by tall ship group

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The Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, the non-profit organization that is building Rhode Island's Education at Sea Tall Ship, announced that an educational symposium will be held from 1-4 p.m. March 12 at the University of Rhode Island.

The event is designed to explore how educators can create customized courses by combining academic and experiential programs on board the SSV (Sailing School Vessel) Oliver Hazard Perry, which when completed in 2012 will sail as a 207-foot, three-masted, square-rigged Class A school ship.

"This gathering is for secondary and college-level Rhode Island educators, school leaders and any and all other interested parties," said organization chair Bart Dunbar. "They will learn more about the ship and what she can do for the education system in this state," said Dunbar, "and we will hear from them what needs they have and programs they want so that we can plan and design appropriately. We are fortunate in that, already, we have made great strides in developing partnerships with Rhode Island institutions for significant educational programs."

The moderator for the symposium will be Capt. U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) David V. V. Wood, former captain of the USCG cutter Eagle.

The event is free and refreshments will be served. For information and to register, visit www.OHPRI.org or contact Perry Lewis at the organization headquarters at (401) 841-0080.