Francine Wheeler is a wife, mother, actor, singer, writer and teacher. Francine lost her son Ben at Sandy Hook School in December 2012.  Francine took her twenty years of experience teaching young children and Ben’s love of lighthouses and conceived The Isle of Skoo, an original music and puppetry Ben’s Lighthouse program featuring characters who come to life in the community around a lighthouse. This music, mentorship, and arts program guides high school age youth in assisting and supporting children ages 5 through 8 while junior-high-age mentors learn from the high schoolers. This puppet show and the interactive world of Skoo also build strong social/emotional connections and foundations of expressivity for the younger participants and provides meaningful opportunities to learn mentor-based interaction skills for the older participants all while having fun!  This is Francine’s legacy to Ben, her own special lighthouse keeper, by giving other children the opportunity to be lighthouse keepers too.