Imagination Library fundraiser generates $3,700

GLADWIN COUNTY – Local children will be the beneficiaries of a “Bowling for Books” fundraiser that generated more than $3,700 recently.

The fundraiser, put on by the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Great Start Collaborative, was held April 6 at Meadow Lanes in Gladwin. Proceeds from the event will go toward the GSC’s Imagination Library, which provides free books to young children in Clare and Gladwin Counties.

“Bowling for Books was a great success, it’s the second year we’ve held it,” said the GSC’s Roxie Greenman, lead organizer for the event. “We raised $3,709.65 with participation from more than 170 bowlers, sponsors, donors and helpers. We also got a boost from a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, a raffle and a bake sale. Overall, it was a successful, fun event that will really benefit the kids in our communities, and we’re grateful to everyone who helped make it great.”

The Imagination Library is a book-gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities. Each month, the Imagination Library mails a high-quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children and addressed to them at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.

Last year, the GSC provided more than 12,000 books to kids in Gladwin and Clare Counties. The program costs about $25,923.04 annually to maintain; the cost is shared between CGRESD and the generosity of local organizations and individuals.

About the Great Start Collaborative – The Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative is a group of local parents, service providers, business professionals and leaders in the community who work together to build, implement, and continuously improve the network of public and private supports and services for young children and their families. This initiative is guided by four desired goals – that children are born healthy; that children are healthy, thriving and developmentally on track from birth to third grade; that children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and that children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

The following businesses and individuals helped to sponsor this event: Ace Hardware, Gladwin & Beaverton, Advance Auto Parts, Amy Pratt, Auto Value, Balance Wellness, Bask Suntone Tanning, Beaverton Bowl, Beaverton Tavern, Brandi Warner, Caldwell Banker Real Estate and Kent Crawford, Car Quest, Chemical Bank, Chee Peng Chinese Restaurant, Cindy Greer-Mary Kay Cosmetics, Clare/Gladwin Tire Co., Dana & Kendra Tomaski, Dawn Morris-989 Real Estate, DeShano Restoration, Earl’s Building Supply, Family Fare, Family Farm and Home, Family Video, First We Eat Dessert, Flower Scents, Flynn Lumber, Forge Fitness, Forwards Shell, Frucheys, Gabby Tester, Gladwin Gun Vault, Gladwin Tank, Greaves Trucking, Graff Auto, Hailey Campbell-Thirty One Consultant, Hall Kokotovich Funeral Home, Heather DuBois, Hotel Bar & Grill, Hungry Howies, Karie Lepley-Scentsy, Kocur Krew, KP’s Barbershop, Lilly Pad Home Décor, Little Caesars, Low Mart, Lyle’s Flowers, Mack’s On Main, Mackenzie Lepley, Mario’s Mexican Restaurant, Maverick Ford, Meadow Lanes, Member’s First Credit Union, Merrily at Home, Michelle Fox-Thirty One Consultant, Mid State Rental, NAPA Automotive, Nikki Haines, Northern Expresso, Northern Michigan Tobacco, O’Sullivan’s, Penny Grice, Peppermill Restaurant, Piper’s Pub, Pizza Hut, PNC Bank, River House Bar & Grill, Riverwalk Place, Roll Rite, Roxie & Jerry Greenman – Wreath’s by Roxie, Saint Go Bain, Sarah McCurdy, Save-A-Lot, Stacey Beebe, Stanford Gas, Stone Cottage Gardens, Subway Shop-Beaverton/Gladwin, The Camp, The Frank E. Ward Co., The Style Studio, Triple M. Collision, Vic Bond, Village Flowers, Whole Body Health, Albee Automotive, Burkhart-Presidio Ins., Clare/Gladwin Tire Co., Crystal Flash, E&D Engineering Systems, Gladwin Tank Manufacturing, L Dan French Builders, and Master Electric.

Sarah McCurdy
LIVING IN THE MARGINS, MICHIGAN FAMILIES FIGHT TO STAY AFLOAT

LIVING IN THE MARGINS, MICHIGAN FAMILIES FIGHT TO STAY AFLOAT

When she spoke at the recent ALICE event in Lansing, Beaverton’s Hope Cumbee lent a powerful voice to the plight of the state’s working poor.  (Photo courtesy of Steve Jessmore/MAUW.)

In today’s economy, there’s an expanding number of people who make too much money working to receive assistance, but sometimes barely enough to get by, and definitely not enough to get ahead. And according to a new study, that number in Michigan is 29 percent of the population.

Hope Cumbee of Beaverton is one such example. Her husband is a self-employed truck driver whose long hours keep him away from home for all but about four days a month, Cumbee said, and the expenses attached to driving a truck are high enough by themselves. But when those bills are combined with everyday life’s standard expenses alongside those of caring for a young child, it’s overwhelming.

Cumbee was a featured speaker at a recent press event held by the Michigan Association of United Ways, which publishes the Asset Limited, Income Restrained, Employed (ALICE) report. With 29 percent of the state’s population falling into that category of the working poor (and another 14 percent living in federally-defined poverty for a toal of 1.66 million people), there are no easy solutions – either to fix the large-scale problem for the working poor, or for local families like Cumbee’s, who are fighting from paycheck to paycheck.

“When my son needed his first round of vaccinations, I went to the health department and found out that without health insurance, his shots were $500,” Cumbee told the crowd at ALICE Legislative Action Day, held March 20 in Lansing. “I also found out that because of our income, we weren’t eligible for traditional assistance. I was devastated; I stood in the lobby and sobbed.”

The ALICE event included a large contingent of local health and human service representatives, including Amy Pratt, who serves as the Great Start Collaborative Coordinator for the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District, and Sarah Kile, Executive Director of 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan and a CGRESD board member.

“The ALICE report is a sad confirmation of what those of us who work with struggling families already knew – that there are far too many of our friends and neighbors fighting against poverty in Michigan,” Pratt said. “Hope is a great example – her family is by no means looking for a handout, but for the three most difficult issues facing the working poor, which are health insurance, childcare and housing, it’s just about impossible to earn enough to pull ahead far enough to get out of that economic danger zone.”

Kile said United Ways across the country are working to force this issue into the spotlight with the hopes of giving ALICE households a chance to achieve financial stability.

“If 43 percent of our state’s population is either in the poverty category or, like Hope’s family, working to survive with limited or no assistance, we obviously need to do better,” Kile said. “This is not a situation where we can wave a magic wand and make it go away. We need everybody on board working to solve this – legislators, educators, business and social services, pulling together in the same direction and making a long-term change to a systemic crisis.”

While her son was ultimately able to receive his shots, Cumbee said that scenario is ongoing and all too common for families in similar situations across the state.

“There are times when the truck breaks down or the pump in our well goes out, and we have to take out a loan for repairs, and that’s when we fall behind, like so many other blue collar families do,” she told the crowd. “Without traditional benefits or other assistance when bad things happen, we don’t have a safety net – we just fall. And we pick ourselves back up, but most of the time we end up with even more bills.”

Cumbee’s appearance at ALICE Legislative Action Day lent a powerful voice to the struggle of families across Michigan, and she implored the assembled crowd to work toward a solution.

“I’m asking you to consider those families like mine, who work very hard but are not eligible for traditional assistance,” she said. “For most of us, we would never ask for a handout, but we could use an occasional hand up.”


ABOUT CLARE-GLADWIN RESD’S GREAT START COLLABORATIVE: Every child deserves a great start in order to achieve success in school and in life. The Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative is a group of local parents, service providers, business professionals and leaders in the community who work together to build, implement and continuously improve the network of public and private supports and services for young children and their families. We know more now than ever before about the importance of early childhood experiences and the impact the quality of those experiences can have on the child’s lifelong health, happiness, and success. To learn more, visit www.ClareGladwinGreatStart.com.
 
To get involved or to learn more about MAUW’s ALICE Report, visit www.uwmich.org/alice.

Rusty Govitz
Community Supports CGRESD Early Childhood programs

The Clare-Gladwin RESD’s Great Start Collaborative recently received a donation from the Gladwin County Friends of the Library in the amount of $3,000.00. The Friends of the Library are long time supporters of the program.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in Clare and Gladwin Counties. The program is facilitated through the Clare-Gladwin RESD. Each month, the Imagination Library mails a high-quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child's family.

Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child. The Imagination Library is funded exclusively by grants from agencies such as United Way and private donations like the gift from the Friends of the Gladwin County Libraries. So far in 2018, the kindness of community sponsors has provided more than 12,800 books to 1,100 children in Clare and Gladwin Counties. If you would like to donate to support this gift to your community's children, or if you would like to register your child, please contact Pratt at 989-386-8657 or apratt@cgresd.net.

“Not only do these donations make a huge difference in the lives of children,” Pratt noted, “but they’re also great examples of true community collaboration, with buy-in from agencies, community donors and parents of young children. It’s this kind of teamwork that makes our community special.”

Pictured left to right are Tom Lovitt (President of Friends of the Library), Amy Pratt (Great Start Collaborative Coordinator), John Clexton (Gladwin County Libraries Director).

Pictured left to right are Tom Lovitt (President of Friends of the Library), Amy Pratt (Great Start Collaborative Coordinator), John Clexton (Gladwin County Libraries Director).

Amy Pratt
Imagination Library Fundraiser is April 6, 2019

The Clare-Gladwin Imagination Library is holding a "Bowling for Books" fundraiser Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 6 pm. Click the flier to the right for all the details.


The Imagination Library is a book-per-month in the mail program that is provided FREE to any child age birth to five (ends on fifth birthday) and who lives in the school district of Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Harrison or Gladwin.

The Imagination Library was established in Clare-Gladwin in April 2007. Since that time, over 7,100 children in Clare and Gladwin Counties have received at least one book through the program and over 125,200 books have been delivered to the homes of children!

In the month of December 2018, there were 1,072 children enrolled.

The Clare-Gladwin Imagination Library (books and mailing) invoice for the month of Dec. 2018 was $2,085.28.

$30.00 will provide a child with a book a month for a year.

$150.00 will provide a child with a book a month from birth through his/her fifth birthday for a total of 60 books!

ALL donations go to books for kids!

The Clare-Gladwin RESD receives no money for administrative costs of the Imagination Library Program and provides the following:

  • Administrative Assistant- Inputs all registrations, address changes and drops to the data base, runs reports, provides thank you letters for donations, sends out donation letters for annual letter campaign

  • The Great Start Collaborative Coordinator – Generates monthly and annual reports, coordinates fundraising efforts and community engagement.

GOALS OF THE CLARE-GLADWIN IMAGINATION LIBRARY:

To improve early reading and literacy skills among children entering Kindergarten in Clare and Gladwin Counties through:

  • Providing children in Clare and Gladwin counties a new, carefully selected, developmentally appropriate book each month.

  • Encouraging parents to read to their children on a regular basis.

  • Fostering a love of reading and learning beginning at birth.

For any questions regarding the Imagination Library Program or to donate please call Amy Pratt at 989-386-8657.

To enroll your child in the Imagination Library Program please go to www.claregladwingreatstart.com/imagination-library.

 

Rusty Govitz
IMAGINATION LIBRARY FUNDRAISER GENERATES $2,600

Local children will be the beneficiaries of a “Bowling for Books” fundraiser that generated more than $2,600 recently.

The fundraiser, put on by the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Great Start Collaborative, was held March 10 at Meadow Lanes in Gladwin. Proceeds from the event will go toward the GSC’s Imagination Library, which provides free books to young children in Clare and Gladwin Counties.

“‘Bowling for Books’ was a great success, especially considering it’s the first year we’ve held it,” said the GSC’s Roxie Greenman, lead organizer for the event. “We raised $2,665 with participation from more than 150 bowlers, sponsors, donors and helpers. We also got a boost from a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, a raffle and a bake sale. Overall, it was a successful, fun event that will really benefit the kids in our communities, and we’re grateful to everyone who helped make it great.”

The Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities. Each month, the Imagination Library mails a high-quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.

Last year, the GSC provided more than 11,000 books to kids in Gladwin and Clare Counties. The program costs about $25,000 annually to maintain; the cost is shared between CGRESD and the generosity of local organizations and individuals.

 

 

SPONSORS
Ace Hardware - Gladwin
Advance Auto Parts - Gladwin
Amy Pratt - Clare
Auto Value - Beaverton
Balance Wellness - Gladwin
Beaverton Pharmacy - Beaverton
Beaverton Tavern - Beaverton
Becky & Jan Noteboom - Gladwin
Brandi Warner - Farwell
Burkhart-Presidio Insurance - Gladwin
Car Quest - Gladwin
Country Flowers - Harrison
Create-It - Beaverton
Cindy Starr - Gladwin
Dana & Kendra Tomaski - Shepherd
Deb Snyder - CGRESD
Deb Schafer - Mt. Pleasant
Downtown Salon - Beaverton
Earl's Building Supply - Gladwin
Elaine Reinke - Harrison
Family Farm and Home - Gladwin
Family Hair Care Salon - Beaverton
Family Video - Gladwin
Flower Scents - Beaverton
Forwards Shell - Gladwin
Freeman's Nursery - Beaverton
Gladwin Tank Manufacturing, Inc.
Graff Motor Company - Gladwin
Hair's to You - Gladwin
Hall Kokotovich Funeral Home - Gladwin
Harrison Lumber - Harrison
Hearth of the Home Fireplace Shop - Harrison
Heather DuBois - Mt. Pleasant
Heather Kidd - LuLaRoe - Gladwin
Hilltop Hair Style - Stacey DeMoines - Gladwin
Hornet Gear - Harrison
Hotel Bar & Grill - Gladwin
Hungry Howie's - Clare
Hungry Howie's - Gladwin
Jay's Sporting Goods - Clare
Karie Lepley - Scentsy - Gladwin
King Lumber - Gladwin
KP's Barbershop - Gladwin
LaFontaine Ford - Gladwin
Lambert's Meats - Gladwin
Lee Otto Buick-GMC, Inc. - Gladwin
Lori Miller - 31 Bags - Gladwin
Lyle's Flowers - Gladwin
Mack's Menu - Gladwin
Mackenzie Lepley - Gladwin
Marathon Station - Gladwin & Harrison
Mario's Mexican Restaurant - Gladwin
Meadow Lanes - Gladwin
Members First Credit Union - Harrison
Merchandise Outlet - Gladwin
Merchandise Outlet - Harrison
Monte's - Harrison
Mr. M's - Gladwin
Myers for Tires
NAPA Automotive - Gladwin
Nikki Haines, Malynn and Zaylie- Gladwin
Northern Expresso - Gladwin
O' Sullivan's - Gladwin
Piper's Pub - Gladwin
Pizza Hut - Gladwin
Riverwalk Place - Gladwin
Roll Rite - Gladwin
Roxie Greenman - Gladwin
Sarah McCurdy - Shepherd
Save a Lot - Gladwin
Shopko - Gladwin
Stella Jameson - Gladwin
Subway Shop - Gladwin & Harrison
Tammy Sue Cupcakes - Harrison
The River House - Gladwin
The Style Studio - Beaverton
Tina Chovich - Gladwin
Uptown Salon - Gladwin
Vic Bond - Gladwin
Village Flowers - Gladwin
Whole Body Health - Gladwin
Xtreme Auto - Beaverton

Rusty Govitz