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Customer Spotlight: French Broad River Academy

Large group of young teens wearing matching canoe neckties

When an order came in for 23 canoe neckties, we had to know more. Turns out, the ties were going to the French Broad River Academy.

"We were so geeked out to find the canoe tie because the central piece of our outdoor programming is tandem whitewater canoeing!" Said Elizabeth in admissions and communications.

Student wearing tie at graduation swimming in river

FBRA is a really unique middle school in Asheville, NC. They combine a college prep curriculum with a confidence-building outdoor program, international field experience and service learning component.

Yep, that means each school day the students leave the classroom for tandem canoeing in the fall and spring.

Besides paddling skills, the instructors find that taking the classroom to the canoe teaches the students teamwork, social and communication skills, confidence and leadership skills.

The 8th grade class wore the canoe ties on May 31 for their graduation ceremony.

Group of students in river swimming at graduation ceremony

"The ties were great! Even when the entire graduating class decided to jump in the river for which our school is named!" Elizabeth said.

Talk about making a splash into the world!

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