A Gateway To Success


Michigan Oil and Gas Association Member John Wilson was featured recently in the Mason County Press for his role in the creation of the Gateway To Success Academy near Scottville.


During a presentation held at the Mason County District Library Ludington branch, Wilson, founder and board president of the Pennies from Heaven Foundation, spoke about the need in this area to increase education success rates. The foundation is one of the leading funders of the school, which is chartered by the West Shore Educational Service District. 

Wilson said for the past three years he and Lynne Russell, executive director of the United Way of Mason County, have been working together on a strategy they call “community of choice.” 

“We are beginning to implement several significant components of that strategy and we need to engage the entire community in order to assure their success,” Wilson said, adding the components include Gateway for Success Academy (G2S), Lakeshore Resource Network and a planned community food pantry. 

The goal of the components, Wilson said, is to fight poverty, which is done by filling needs in transportation, child care, education, housing, health care and jobs.


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