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Released: 5/7/2008 

DRPA Hosts “READ STRONG" On Battleship New Jersey

The Delaware River Port Authority is hosting a U.S. History day on the Battleship New Jersey on May 14th as part of the agency’s READ STRONG Community outreach program.

READ STRONG is a reading and literacy mentoring program providing elementary school children the opportunity to experience reading and related activities outside the classroom. The program consists of a group of students taking a field trip that focuses on a specific learning experience.

In addition to U.S. History, the event will also focus on the significance of the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday and the history of the Battleship New Jersey.

Taking part in the Program are the seventh grade students from the St. Richard School in South Philadelphia and the sixth grade students from the Pennsauken Intermediate School. The students will arrive at the Battleship at 9:30am and leave around 1:30pm.

DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “The DRPA is pleased to provide the cost of the Battleship Admission, transportation and lunch because it’s important for students on both sides of the Delaware River to experience first hand the role played by the Battleship New Jersey in American naval history.”

Another READ STRONG event will be held in the Fall.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation and development agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, and PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.

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