Elks, Big Brothers & Sisters take boat tour

Negaunee Elks Lodge #1116 treated Big Brothers & Sisters to the Pictured Rocks boat tour on Saturday in Munising. The group also visited two waterfalls and received lunch. Funds for the event were provided by an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant. Four Elks attended the event with children who are waiting to be matched with a Big. At any point in time there are 100,000 children in the U.S. waiting for a Big Brother or Sister. Current statistics indicate that youth who have a least one adult, such as a mentor, in their lives are: 45 percent are less likely than their peers to begin using illicit drugs; 59 percent do better academically; 73 percent set and attain higher life achievement goals than other kids their age; and 52 percent are less likely to skip school.