In January 2001, a statewide team of Mason volunteers in over 400 communities began working with local elementary schools through an effort called the Beacon Project. From mentoring students to lending the manpower needed to improve school grounds, Michigan Masons wanted to show their commitment to improving the experience and educational opportunities of children in their communities.
The genesis for the Beacon Project came from Bob Conley, the Grand Master of Michigan Masons in 2000/2001. "This pledge gives Masons the opportunity to make a difference and make themselves known. Too long in the background, and often shrouded in mystery, our Fraternity is eager to demonstrate its important role in society. Masons need to revitalize, to make real, the values and commitments they stand for and it's my job as Grand Master to support that goal. Beacon is the perfect vehicle for that," said Conley.
Over the next three years, more than 200,000 volunteer hours had been donated - the largest gift ever of its kind in Michigan. The Michigan State Department of Education called the Beacon Project "wonderful." The governor called it "outstanding." We call it the right move at the right time.
Reading is one of the most important things that we can give to our children. Teachers believe that reading can lead to a lifetime of achievements. The Michigan Masons sponsor a program called Books for Bikes. This effort will help to encourage reading in children who are in grades 3-5.
The program is simple. Students who read eight "grade level" books approved by their teacher during a specific time period will be entered to win a new bike and helmet. The drawing will take place at a school assembly. The Michigan Masons hope to start a new tradition with each participating school. This program is a mutual commitment between the students, the school, our Lodge, and especially the parents.
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Michigan Masons believe that every child deserves to be safe. While countless children fall victim to predators each year, there are steps that parents can take to help prevent this horrific tragedy. The Michigan Masons have stepped up to help with one of the most comprehensive child recovery and identification programs in the nation.
The Michigan Child ID Program provides parents and guardians with a "Child ID Kit" that contains all the vital information necessary to expedite law enforcement efforts to locate a missing child. The program also helps to educate families about abduction prevention and safety.
The kit includes a photo ID card, color photo, digital fingerprints, recorded interview to capture speech characteristics, dental impressions, DNA, and a complete Amber Alert profile.
Michigan Child ID events are scheduled throughout the year and around the state. To learn more about this program, visit:Michigan Child ID »
By participating in the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Matching Grant Program, Michigan Masonic lodges can apply for and receive up to $1,500 a year to boost their local scholarship programs. Lodges may select several students to receive smaller scholarships, or they may opt to select one or two students to receive larger scholarships. The choice is theirs.
Masonic scholarships were created to support high school and undergraduate students with plans to attend an accredited college, university, trade, or vocational school. The scholarships are based on rewarding those with solid academic records and strong leadership skills. Students interested in applying for a scholarship are encouraged to contact a Michigan Masonic lodge in their area. Click here to locate a nearby lodge. The lodge application is available to lodge secretaries in the members section of the Grand Lodge web site.
The Grand Lodge Educational Assistance Program seeks to provide financial assistance to Michigan Masons who have demonstrated financial need to assist them in the completion of their educational pursuits. Applicants must be Master Masons in good standing. Selection will be based on financial need, academic standing, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the Masonic community. For further information and to download an application, click here.
Today, more than ever, children need help in becoming responsible adults as they face countless social economic challenges. The Masonic Model Student Assistance Program trains educators in setting up in-school Core Teams to observe and take action to provide help to at-risk children.
The intensive three-day training session is offered to any school in Michigan and offers practice sessions designed to simulate real events. Presentations are also given on subjects including Characteristics of an Addictive Family, Pharmacological Effects of Drugs, and Creating a Crisis Response Team.
The objective is early and effective intervention with students demonstrating patterns of behavior that could threaten their success at school and could be indicators of problems associated with internal or external abuse.
This program has had a dramatic impact on improving the lives of our nation's young people. For more information on this important program:Click here »