James River 'classroom' departs for final journey


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The final leg of a "floating classroom" along the 340-mile length of the James River is entering its final leg.

Called the James River Expedition, the adventure involves 30 students from 17 high schools who collectively travel the James, starting from Iron Gate in western Virginia to Hampton. That final journey begins Saturday in Richmond and concludes on Aug. 2.

Students from central Virginia and elsewhere are on this final voyage.

The passage is organized by the James River Association and sponsored by Dominion Resources. The idea is to take students on an educational adventure down the James to learn about ecology and the river's history.

Dominion has provided more than $200,000 to make the program possible.

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