Students create Wooden Boat Show book

  • Monday, July 7, 2014

Taylor Griffith/South Strand News Journalism students from The Georgetown School depart the SC Maritime Museum to talk with protential advertisers for the Wooden Boat Show commemorative book they are creating.

With the 25th annual Wooden Boat Show drawing nearer, journalism students from The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences have been finding a practical application for classroom lessons in the composition of a commemorative book.

Since January, students in the charter school’s journalism classes have been working on the 25th anniversary retrospective of the popular event, with the guidance of instructor Laura Gates. The book will be sold at this year’s show.

“We started with the idea bit by bit in January, and by March we were working on it every week,” she said.

Gates said the idea came from the school’s parents and it was agreed it would be a “super” project for journalism students.

As a part of the project, students have been learning to use computer layout programs, research on microfilm at the library, conduct interviews and sell advertising space. The students also visited The Georgetown Times’ archive to research for the project.

The book will be mostly photo-based, Gates said, but will also feature some historical articles, articles written by well-known area writers and a piece or two written by the students.

Some of the work was completed during the regular school year, but a few students enrolled in a summer class to help complete the project.

Gates said she encouraged her students to take the summer class to help with their resumes and college applications.

“The Wooden Boat Show is fun,” said 13-year-old Savanna Morris, “it’s kind of fun to be a part of it. I mean, what’s cooler than saying you’re a part of it, especially for something like this [book]?”

Isabella Neubauer, 14, agreed she signed up for the class to be a part of the boat show.

“I thought it would be cool to be a part of something everybody sees and buys,” she said.

The project goes hand in hand with the school’s mission, Gates said: “Our school really wants to be involved in the community, whatever breaks down those walls.”

The book will be submitted by Aug. 1 for printing.

But before it’s finished, the group still has loose ends to tie up. In addition to searching for more sponsors and advertisers, Gates said they are looking for early pictures of the show, from before 1997. Photos can be submitted via email to, or in person at the SC Maritime Museum.


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