River rafting offers insight into art, literature

Students from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., took a rafting trip down the Housatonic as part of their English lit class. Photo By Patrick L. Sullivan

AMESVILLE — David Albano was standing on a picnic table with a paddle and issuing instructions about what to do in the event of a dunking. “Don’t panic,” he said. “Try to get around to the back of the boat.”

He was talking to a group of about 15 students from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., who were about to take three rafts from Clarke Outdoors down the swollen Housatonic, from below the Great Falls to the Housatonic Meadows park.

Albano, an English teacher, offers a course called “Philosophy of the Wild” as an English department elective. Most of the students are seniors.

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