Eighth Graders choose to Stand Up For Great Lakes for community project

 In Media News, SUP Lifestyle
On Saturday, April 22nd, a group of Cherryland Middle School 8th graders will cross the 5 mile Straits of Makinac by stand up paddle board. Students Gordie Lafontaine and Kadin Patterson, inspired by their science teacher and his work with the non-profit, Stand Up For Great Lakes, have been training for the crossing this winter.

 

The Crossing is also part of the boys 8th grade community project and they have created a great video detailing the event. (Watch Video) Quoted from Lafontaine and Patterson:
“Living in Michigan our whole lives has changed the way we look at water. It isn’t just something you drink. Water provides a lifetime of great experiences. Traveling to other places makes you realize how blessed you living near these amazing bodies of water.
For our community project we decided to partner with Stand Up For Great Lakes to help raise awareness for the lakes we love so much.
We will be crossing the Straits of Mackinaw by stand up paddle board.  This is not an easy feat.  We will be paddling through ice and currents.  This winter we trained for the crossing, whether it was on rivers to prepare for currents or the open water to prepare for waves and endurance. The air and waters crossing the straits could be freezing cold. It was crucial we train in these conditions to be ready for anything.”

 

 Best board for expedition paddling: TALLAC

 

They will be joined by the crew from Stand Up For Great Lakes and have a support boat shadowing them on the journey.

About Stand Up For Great Lakes

It began with a love of water. It will culminate, all going well, with five people successfully crossing the Straits of Mackinac by stand-up paddleboard to raise funds to help preserve the Great Lakes. The lakes are under threat. Oil pipelines of questionable integrity, invasive species, sewage leakage, pharmaceutical pollution, agricultural runoff, and others who choose to throw beer cans and cigarette butts wherever they please. The list of threats to these majestic and vital bodies of water is endless. We’re asking others to Stand Up for Great Lakes and provide encouragement to us on our arduous journey.

For more information or to donate visit, standupforgreatlakes.com or www.gofundme.com/GreatLakes

tahoe sup, sup, stand up great lakes, michigan, paddle, paddle board

Recent Posts

Leave a Comment

Start typing and press Enter to search