As part of a bicentennial celebration, students in 6th grade Citizenship classes and 7th grade Service Learning classes have been learning about the Erie Canal and its important role in New York State's history.
Students also learned about Tug Urger. Built in 1901, it is the oldest tug on the Erie Canal and one of the oldest in the Country. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Since 1991 the Urger has been a floating museum making its way along the Erie Canal. lt would stop in villages, cities and towns welcoming thousands of school children to come aboard and learn more about the Canal's history.
In 2017, the Urger was removed from active service. Plans are being discussed to make it a dry land exhibit on the NYS Thruway.
The Preservation League of NYS is spearheading a campaign to #SaveTheUrger.
The students read about the campaign. They signed and sent petitions to the New York State Canal Corporation and New York Power Authority.
This is a way for students to explore the many roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.