Duck Creek Learning Center is “the little building who could,” said White Lake Area Community Education Director Tom Moore during this welcome address at the school’s commencement for the Class of 2019 held May 30 in the Reeths-Puffer High School Rocket Center.

Moore said the small school and its dedicated staff is known by colleagues statewide as being committed to helping students overcome challenges to meet their educational goals.

Unique ways used to meet those goals are yoga classes, nutrition classes, healthy relationship classes, and visits to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. The school also provides on-site laundry facilities to students.

That commitment even goes as far as helping a student find safe housing in an emergency.

During the commencement family, friends and the staff celebrated 17 students who received diplomas from their respecting home school districts and 23 students who completed their GED.

Duck Creek Principal Joel Hoppa presented student awards and introduced the graduates.

In an emotionally moving gesture graduates took a moment to present a carnation to an individual who played a role in their educational accomplishment.

Graduate Evan Harris of Reeths-Puffer Schools was the class speaker at the ceremony. He plans to attend Muskegon Community College.

The graduating class included the first Duck Creek graduate who qualifies for the Muskegon Promise, a tuition-based scholarship for students who attain a 3.5 or higher grade point average. That student is Michelle Wright of Reeths-Puffer Schools.

Guests at the ceremony included members of the Reeths-Puffer and Whitehall boards of education, Reeths-Puffer Superintendent Steve Edwards, Whitehall Superintendent Dr. Jerry McDowell and a representative from Shelby Public Schools.

Duck Creek provides education for students from the Reeths-Puffer, Whitehall, Montague, Holton, North Muskegon and Shelby school districts.