If you could, wouldn't one of your 365 days in Grand Rapids wouldn't you want to take a Helicopter ride in Dick DeVos Jr.'s Helicopters? Taking off and landing from Millennium Park?
Well that's exactly what happened to 12 students of Mr. DeVos's NonProfit Aviation Academy that he has philanthropically and figuratively helped "get off the groud".
The Academy is available to all West Michigan Students under the school of choice program and has grown dramatically not just since its inception three years ago, but just recently this summer as most of the best Charter School Programs have been filled for some time now.
Mr. DeVos's wife is the one who originally suggested to him that he combine his love for Education with his love for Aviation and after a year of organization a High School with full curriculum began.
There a couple hundred or more people at the Millenium Park Open House Picnic designed for the new students, and those that we giving the Academy consideration for attending this fall.
Twelve lucky students, including John Ketcham from Dorr, MI won a ride in Mr. Devos' helicopter as driven by his co-pilot, a seasoned veteran pilot who has taught Mr. Devos how to fly his machine(s).
Very excited for him and all the students, past and new in their endeavors. There's one thing that was certain at the event, the people that Mr. DeVos and now his employees have hired are the cream of the crop of educators and aviators. The facility they have purchased and Pioneer Construction is renovating is first class, and the Staff speaks with such passion and enthusiasm for the school and the potential for the students that when Mr. DeVos speaks about it to people, he truly beams with a smile and a twinkle of excitement in his eye about this venture.
We are very blessed to have people like him in our community that give of their blessings to create things that are blessings to so many others here in the region.