Even though we both have served as educators for Corunna Public Schools for over 10 years, it wasn’t until a major move by the district brought us together and we became fast friends during the 2014-2015 academic year. The following spring, we took four of our Kindergarten students to Lake Michigan for a photo shoot for Kindergarten Registration. For some of our students, it was the first time they had visited one of our beautiful Great Lakes. It was so much fun watching their eyes light up, looking out at the beautiful blue water. We enjoyed answering their many questions about the lake (Such as, “Are we at the ocean? Do sharks live here?”), skipping stones, and splashing in the waves. It was on the way home when the idea of Benson’s Adventures in Michigan was born! We wanted to create a resource for families and educators to ignite curiosity, pride, and love for our Great Lakes state!
Since then, we, along with several mid-Michigan students from many different school districts, have logged close to 8,000 miles in 28 different locations learning about and exploring all that Michigan has to offer. Some of these excursions included going dog sledding, taking a Pictured Rocks cruise, going through an old iron mine, touring the Shinola factory, biking with Jason Hall for Slow Roll Detroit, attending a basketball camp with former NBA player, Morris Peterson, Jr., visiting museums, enjoying a theatre performance, conducting science experiments on a tall ship while sailing on a Great Lake, taking in the beauty of several state parks, climbing the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, touring Kilwin’s Chocolate Factory, and visiting national landmarks. We even surprised two students with the trip of a lifetime to New York City to be in a private photo shoot with Ginger Zee on the set of Good Morning America!
We feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel with these children throughout the state of Michigan. We look forward to expanding our program to reach hundreds of children throughout the United States of America.