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Turning the James into a Classroom Environment

Seven Hills School was featured in the May 8, 2011 edition of the Richmond Times Dispatch for its continued work at the James River. Click here to read the complete article.

River Heroes!

The Boathouse Richmond and Friends of James River Park have named Seven Hills Middle School for Boys as 2011 River Heroes! The Friends wrote, "Here's some of what impressed us so about our heroes: One Friday a month, rain or shine, some 60 boys aged 10 to 13 plus faculty from Seven Hills School spend a full school day, "a River Day," at Reedy Creek in the James River Park System. They've been doing it now for ten years. The boys attend a series of outdoor classes and volunteer in shifts with Peter Bruce of the James River Park System to help maintain the Park by mulching trails, removing invasive plants, clearing brush, and tending a butterfly garden.

"Over a decade of River Days, 10,200 volunteer hours have been performed by approximately 600 boys. These students have a most unusual opportunity to spend all day in the Park, 32 times over their middle school years, gaining an ease and awareness of living in the outdoors that is increasingly rare among the overscheduled younger generations. And with this awareness comes the increased probability that these young men will want to conserve and protect the James River for future generations."

Other heroes this year were Mike Ostrander of Discover the James and Passages Adventure Camp. Heroes receive a $100 gift certificate to The Boathouse, a raft trip for two from Riverside Outiftters, and a year's membership to FOJRP.