My husband and I took a day trip down to the Penikese Island School a few weeks ago. The school’s boat was out of service, so we volunteered to ferry some of the school’s teachers and visitors from the Mass. Dept. of Education in our boat. From Woods Hole, it took about 45 minutes to motor down Buzzard’s Bay along the chain of Elizabeth Islands to the very end, where the private island of Penikese lies.
Penikese Island School is a therapeutic boarding school for struggling teenage boys, located on this tiny island that also serves as a bird sanctuary.
The school is modeled after 19th century family farm living and the main house has no electricity and a large supply of kerosene lamps…
a vegetable garden…
Their environment is simple and natural, without the distractions of modern society and media.
We headed back that afternoon full of admiration for the dedicated and visionary staff at the school. It’s a truly remarkable place.