We are sharing the sad news that Jim Gladson, our founder and long time inspirational leader has passed away. He crossed the bar quietly in his sleep after breakfast Wednesday morning.

The family is actively planing a burial at sea and a celebration of life that we expect will be in August. Please watch your inbox for further updates.

The impact that Jim had on his family, friends, students, volunteers, employees and community was immense and we could not do justice to his legacy in this short email. However, there are two sayings that I think come close to summing up Jim’s passion for leaving the world a better place:

“School is where the kids are.”

“We will sail with no empty berths and we will leave no child on the dock for their ability to pay.”

Fair winds Jim,

Bruce