With the help of a local business, Memorial Park Funeral Home, the Jones School community had a happy ending.

Current and former students, teachers and staff of Jones Elementary School took a cruise on Lake Lanier as a “bon voyage” trip Monday afternoon, courtesy of Memorial Park Funeral Home.

The group boarded the funeral home’s bus at the school and rode to Aqualand Marina in Flowery Branch. They donned leis and marveled at the funeral home’s houseboat, complete with sitting area, kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sunny top deck.

Read that story and ponder our future. Something has just been lost, the intangible wealth that only a community can build.