In the 2016/2017 school year, Lakeshore is once again in the bottom 16% of school districts receiving funding from the state. That means that 84% of the other public districts in Michigan receive more revenue per student than Lakeshore.
“I wanted to thank you and the LEF again for making it possible for me to travel to Mexico a few weeks ago to do scientific research with Ecology Project International. None of this would have been possible for me without the LEF’s generosity. So, thank you again.”
— Jill McNabnay, Lakeshore Teacher
Reflections of a First-Time International Traveler
Over the past few weeks, as I’ve thought back on my experience with EPI, the one word I keep coming back to is: story. The scenery was amazing. The wildlife was majestic. The research was inspiring. But more than anything, I was struck by the small snippets of different people’s stories we experienced in our limited time with them. And although I only know small pieces of each person’s story that we met, I continue to be inspired by the little bit of themselves that they shared with us. Thinking back on our time in Magdalena Bay, I’m reminded that everyone has a story, and everyone’s story is worth sharing.
Don Jose’s Story:
We met Don Jose on our first full day in Magdalena Bay. He came to the campsite to show us how to measure and collect data on the Green Sea Turtles we would hopefully be encountering the next day. Using the research tools and speaking only Spanish, he gracefully showed us how to take each measurement on turtles that we had made in the sand. The next day, Don Jose went out two hours before us in the early morning to put down the net and wait for the turtles. This is something he often does, as now the lone volunteer turtle research in Baja California. Don Jose is a fisherman by trade, who years ago, used to capture turtles. He now exerts so much time, effort, and energy into saving a species that is on the brink of extinction because of his renewed passion for Magdalena Bay and the turtles.
Uber was our head chef for the week. The food that he cooked was amazing, and the love that he showed for his work was truly inspiring. Once one of the top turtle chefs in the world, Uber found a way to turn his passion for cooking into helping with conservation efforts, rather than destroying the wildlife of his native land. Uber and his crew were helpful, hardworking, and full of joy. They may not have been rich in money, but they were rich in spirit. And the depth of relationships they had with each other and with us (in just our short time there) was truly inspirational.
The Stories of Local Researchers:
One of the things that I enjoyed most about this experience was that each day we partnered with a different local researcher and joined them in their work. The researcher who took us to observe and photo-tag Grey Whales told us the story of his work and his passion. He strongly desired to go out and see and photograph the whales more, but was limited by funding. He did the best he could with what he had, but deeply desired to be able to do more. The researcher who took us snorkeling with Whale Sharks was in the water so much that she knew them by name. She told us more of their story than her own, which exemplified her deep commitment to her research and to protecting the sharks.
Story of the Wildlife:
Even the wildlife had a story to tell. The whales were beginning their migration north, after having spent three months in the waters of Magdalena Bay. The mothers now had babies to travel with them back to where they spend the majority of their lives. The turtles were preparing to go back to the beach they were born on, in order to lay their eggs. Some of them would soon be traveling thousands of miles to get back to where they originated. The sharks’ story is a bit of a mystery, but scientists are sure they have one (like we all do) and are desperately trying to learn what it is before it’s too late.
The Story of Us:
There were ten teachers from across the United States and Canada and four EPI educators on this trip. Each of us came from different places in life, with different goals, and with a different story. But we were united for a week by the common story that we lived out together. And that is a story that I will continue to tell for years to come.
LEF held its first ever Online Silent Auction January 30 – February 10, 2017.
Through the generous donations of unique auction items, we raised over $14,000 in the two-week auction. Thank you to those who participated and to those who were winners of items. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Donors to the 2017 Silent Auction
Austin Tax and Financial
Bit of Swiss Bakery
Bob Lausman and Chad Deja
bread+bar by Bit of Swiss
Chris Cook, Abonmarche
Dr. John Marohn, Great Lakes Eye Care
Eric and Sophie Bauchet
Fred and Sandy Welch
Freedom Boat Club of Michiana
Friends of LEF
Harbor Shores Golf Club
Hartline’s Garden Center and Harvest Stand in Baroda
J.C. Anderson, Eric Bauchet, Lori Von Koenig and Waterfront Framing and Fine Art
Jim Roberts and Gary Beban
Josh Winkler, J.C. Anderson
Karen Garavalia and the Ventura Family
Lakeshore High School
Lakeshore High School Automotive
Lakeshore High School Choir Program
Mark Ficks, Southshore Health and Raquet Club
Martin’s Super Market
Mrs. Rescoe’s class and Lisa McDowell
Nancy and J.C. Anderson, Tara Newman
Phil & Melissa Molloy
Ralph Eagle, KW Coastal Area Partners
Scott and Kimberly Risk and Tucker Creative Photo
Scott Berry Promotions
Stevensville Chiropractic Center
The Silver Beach Carousel
Tom and Sharon Austin
Twin City Players
United Federal Credit Union – Commercial Lending
United Federal Credit Union – Mortgage
United Federal Credit Union – Retirement Planning
United Investment Planning
Walt Disney World
The 15th Annual Lakeshore Scramble takes place at Harbor Shores on Monday, June 19, 2017. Registration begins at 8 A.M. Practice Facility Open to All. Shotgun Start at 8:45 A.M. Buffet Lunch, Raffles, Tee Gifts, Course Games (Including Hole in One Contest), and more.
All proceeds go to the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation whose mission is to acquire and distribute resources to the Lakeshore Public Schools for programs that enhance, enrich and supplement learning opportunities for the students, staff, and community.
If you prefer to register and pay by check, please print the registration form and mail it along with your check to the address on the form.
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The 15th Annual LEF Golf Outing, Monday, June 19, 2017. Please save the date.