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      Rentals fund girls' adventures

      Right Tree uses money collected from rentals to take young girls on summer adventures.

      Several teenage girls in today's world face a crisis, from unhealthy role models to family breakdowns.

      A local charity and rental shop in Elk Rapids is one-of-a-kind. Not only do they rent out bikes, paddle boards and kayaks, but it's all done through donations for a very special cause.

      Right Tree gives a suggested donation amount, but renters are able to name their own price.

      That money goes to make a difference in the lives of local girls.

      The program takes 7th, 8th and 9th graders in the Elk Rapids area on several summer adventures.

      Right Tree, is accompanied by college-aged staffers who are all involved in teaching, counseling, and social work programs.

      The counselors work closely with the girls to build their self-esteem.

      "We get to watch girls transform from just having extremely low self-esteem and low self-worth, to seeing that they are valued and beautiful, and that there's hope and also that their circumstances do not define who they are," said the founder's daughter, Ali Mosher.

      Several trips are planned for this summer.

      The girls will head to Pictured Rocks and Power Island. They will also get a taste of college life with a trip to Grand Valley State University.

      Right Tree says the trips fill up fast, but there's still plenty of time to sign up.

      Registration for the trips is required.