The Mettray Penal Colony is the kind of place that boggles the modern mind. It was a combination reform school and penal colony where kids were sent either by the state, or their own parents!!!! Michel Verne really was sent to Mettray by his father.
The quote is from the colony’s mission statement.
Keri has recreated the dress uniforms the boys were expected to wear for inspections and visits by distinguished guests. I kind of like the hats.
There is far more about Mettray than I could possibly convey here. Take a few minutes and read more about it here.