The ultimate mission for East Jordan Middle and High School students is clean, renewable energy.
Teacher and Shoe Club advisor, Matt Hamilton, is passionate about teaching his students to set goals, dream big, and give back to the community. Every year, the Shoe Club does a project to inspire the student body, but also their community.
This year’s project was EJ Solar Spark, to promote renewable energy education. Thirty East Jordan students gave up their time and energy to their school and community a better place.
They set up a goal of $70,000 to put in 30 kilowatt solar panels on the roof of the school. One organization the Shoe Club would like to thank is Groundwork Center.
They are a nonprofit out of Traverse City and Petoskey, who helped the Shoe Club with marketing, spreading the word and really just encouraged the students throughout the project.
Matt Hamilton says the students made presentations, held fundraisers, go fund me’s, wrote grants, “there was really no option off the table…anything and everything we can think of to raise money, we did.”
Senior and mentor in the Shoe Club, Nathan Newman says, “the inspirational aspect of the project and the value that has on directly in students future is my favorite part because you know that is the gift that keeps on giving, that this Project will continue to last a while until the future.”
This project is just the beginning, they already have plans for next year to build a greenhouse on campus and provide food for the cafeteria.