While on the island, Mark and I discovered the the Beaver Island Lighthouse School, an alternative residential school for young people at risk. Sent by judges from ten counties in northern Michigan, students study for a high school diploma or GED and learn to be employable.
We met several students and visited the new home they are building for an aging island resident whose shanty had become uninhabitable.
Ken Roehling, the school director, says, "We work with students one at a time giving them guidance and the tools they need to be accountable in society."
Mark and I are establishing a 10-10-10 Scholarship Fund in honor of our forthcoming marriage. We also plan an on-going relationship with the school including speaking and discussion workshops.
A helping hand to young people, a lighthouse and Lake Michigan. It all comes together.
See Lighthouse School students in action at http://www.nwm.org/bils.asp