Today, at Silver Lake Park in Dover, the Delaware Department of Education unleashed the latest career pathway to hit Delaware: underwater basket weaving! Together with Dr. Seymour Fungus of Basket Weavers of Delaware, thousands of students plunged into the polluted waters with their scuba gear and got to work. Half an hour later, baskets started floating on the lake with an explosive firework ceremony afterwards.
It was a pivotal moment in the Delaware Pathways to Prosperity initiative.
“For years, I’ve wanted our students to take up this fine art,” said Fungus. “We knew there was a huge need in Delaware so we secured the funding to make it happen.”
Students enlisting in the new Pathways program have several requirements to participate in the program. They must take a deep-lake or deep-sea diving class, paid out of local costs. As well, they must get a tetanus shot. They are required to sign a waiver indicating their school or the state is not responsible for any shark bites or lacerations from used syringes during their basket weaving escapades. So far, no district has signed up for the program but they are eager to get going. The Delaware DOE actually hired students from out-of-state to participate in the press event.
Governor Carney was unable to attend the event.