MARQUETTE — Each year, Michigan schools are recognized for giving students a chance to succeed. One local school was recognized on Wednesday.

Marquette Area Public Schools received a $2,500 grant and a 2018 Education Excellence Award from the SET SEG Foundation in partnership with the Michigan Association of School Boards.

The award is given to schools that give students opportunities to succeed in the future. MAPS received their award for their Love Club’s program, one that teaches students some practical skills.

“The Alternative High School Love Clubs really bring a gamut of skills and passions to our students,” said Marquette Alternative High School Principal Andrew Crunkleton. “That ranges from learning how to work on bikes, learning how to grow fruits and vegetables, learning about family genealogy, placing trail cams and signs at parks and trailheads around the Marquette area. It really is a multi–faceted group of organizations.”

The school’s love clubs help students become a part of the community, learning tasks that can help them be more successful in their futures.

They were one of 25 schools recognized in the state of Michigan. This is the third Education Excellence Award for MAPS in the last five years.