OceanFirst Bank Contributes to Tuckerton Seaport’s Nautical Education

Aug 21, 2019

Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum has been awarded a three-year OceanFirst grant totaling $150,000 for the OceanFirst Floating Classroom. The Seaport’s goal for 2019 is to offer on-water experiences for more than 5,000 guests and students, and the OceanFirst grant will allow that. Schools plan their calendars and budgets years in advance, making it necessary to guarantee the longevity of the Floating Classroom over the next three years and beyond. The OceanFirst grant will also allow the Seaport to apply for a Federal Transit Administration Passenger Ferry Grant with the goal of acquiring a second pontoon boat for Floating Classroom and expanding water ferry services.

“Thanks to the generous support of the OceanFirst Foundation, the Seaport will be able to offer 50 schools on-water experiences as part of their visit to Tuckerton Seaport for each of the next three years. This opportunity will allow more than 5,000 students to get out on the water and experience the art, history and environment that define our coastal culture,” said Brooke Salvanto, the Seaport’s executive director.

Despite living in Ocean and Monmouth counties, the overwhelming majority of students (94 percent) who visit on their class trips have never actually been out on the water, she added.

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The bank’s strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central and southern New Jersey has spanned several generations, reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of the OceanFirst Foundation. The foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst Bank footprint. Since its inception, OceanFirst Foundation has contributed in excess of 7,000 grants totaling more than $39 million to over 900 local charities throughout central and southern New Jersey.

The Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum is located at the center of the Jersey Shore, directly on Tuckerton Creek, and has been delivering high-impact educational opportunities to Monmouth and Ocean county residents and students for 20 years. The Seaport has developed from a grass-roots organization into a nationally recognized, award-winning destination museum and acts as a national model for similar organizations. —P.J.

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