Sugar Shack Project

Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) adolescent residents worked hard this summer constructing a Sugar Shack to house their maple syrup evaporator. The Sugar Shack, located at the Adolescent Services Center (ASC), was funded through a grant from the West End Health Foundation. The adolescents participated in everything from start to finish in the construction of the building, including designing the structure, clearing and leveling the land, building the frame, and installing the doors and siding. Partridge Creek Farm and Dan Perkins Construction volunteered time and tools needed to assist the students throughout the construction process.

The Maple Syrup Project is part of the on-site classroom curriculum, taught by a State Licensed Special Education teacher, contracted through Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA). The project incorporates the plotting and tapping of maple trees, charting the sap production of each tree on collection days, and countless opportunities for statistical work in the classroom. Last spring, the residents gathered over 300 gallons of sap and boiled it down in the maple syrup evaporator to produce around 8 gallons of maple syrup. With the addition of the newly constructed Sugar Shack the Maple Syrup Project continues to grow each year.

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