2013-03-22 / Community

Beacon HS Students Under The Dome


Rockaway entrepreneur and community activist David Selig discusses construction of the Dome and its final phases. Rockaway entrepreneur and community activist David Selig discusses construction of the Dome and its final phases. On Thursday and Friday March 14th and 15th, more than 900 students from Beacon High School in NYC were sent to the outer boroughs to work with more than 30 organizations doing community service in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. A group of 50 students were assigned to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. There they volunteered their time by participating in a clean-up in and around Beach 59th Street to clear debris and sand that had accumulated in the streets.

On Friday, RWA brought the group to the PS1 MOMA Volkswagen Dome 2 at Beach 94th Street and Shorefront Parkway. There they learned about the social and environmental effects of Sandy on the Rockaway peninsula as part of their post Sandy NYC project. During the visit the students took part in RWA’s Living Classroom program led by RWA educator, Keneisha Turner entitled “After the Storm: Debunking the Myths”.


The PS1 MOMA VW Dome under construction at Beach 94th Street. The PS1 MOMA VW Dome under construction at Beach 94th Street. RWA’s Living Classroom program is a free, environmental education curriculum for students K-12th grade that educates students through a hands-on, experiential approach. Created in response to Sandy, the program is designed to help students understand how geographic location, natural forces and manmade infrastructure contributed to the damaging effects of Sandy on the Rockaway Peninsula.

In each class, students take part in a hand on project related to the lesson and have the opportunity to learn from RWA educators that specialize in science-related fields.

The one hour classes are being conducted in the temporary geodesic dome Wednesday through Friday during regular school hours from now until May 12, 2013.

Any public schools in the Rockaways interested in doing a field trip to the Dome for a class are encouraged to contact Blaze Jones, RWA Program Coordinator at info@rwalliance.org or 718-327-5919.



Students from Beacon High School gather inside the PS1 MOMA VW Dome as part of their volunteer day with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Students from Beacon High School gather inside the PS1 MOMA VW Dome as part of their volunteer day with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

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