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.