MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - Learning is the act or experience of one that  learns and knowledge or skill acquired by instruction or study, according to the definition of learning by Merriam-Webster. The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is looking to help students learn with a floating classroom. The floating classroom would be a 40- foot, custom built covered pontoon boat. 

After spending time on the floating classroom participants will gain new knowledge, skills and values that cultivate environmentally responsible behavior.bring students and people of all ages onto the lake to provide a hands-on experience to learn about fresh water ecology and how to help protect our lakes, stated the Foundation.

The funds needed to purchase the aquatic classroom would come from a grant from the A Community Thrives (ACT), USA Today Network's nation-wide philanthropic program. To win the grant, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation is turning to the community and asking for votes to win the $100,000 grant.

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“This is a terrific educational concept that could be valuable to school districts from throughout Morris County,'' said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo. “I urge county residents to support the concept by voting for it.''

To be eligible for a grant of either $50,000 or $100,000, the Lake Hopatcong Floating Classroom must be in the top 10 voted submissions in the education category to be considered a finalist. A panel of judges will then determine the top three applicants in each category who will be awarded grants.

"Online voters will not see how many votes are being cast, but voting is still very important for the foundation to be a grant finalist in the top 10. Please vote!” said Donna Macalle-Holly, Lake Hopatcong Foundation Acting Executive Director.