ERIE, Pa. — Thousands of kids took to Erie’s waterfront for a firsthand experience with historic vessels.
Around 4,300 kids from 35 different schools in the area were given the chance to jump aboard all nine tall ships at the festival on Friday.
Not only were they given a chance to tour the boats, but they were given the history behind each ship.
In a day and age when technology has become so prevalent in children’s lives, Tall Ships America says it is a great opportunity for kids to learn about sailing and a time when technology did not exist.
“It is one of the things we really like about how the event is organized here in Erie,” Tall Ships America Executive Director Bert Rogers said. “To get school kids aboard and obviously the interaction with the schools is strong so this message will last longer than just (Friday’s) event. They’ll go back to the classrooms and talk about it.”
Erie is one of the only tall ships ports that offers this educational experience for local school children.