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
Imagination Library Fundraiser is March 10

The Clare-Gladwin Imagination Library is holding a "Bowling for Books" fundraiser Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. 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 5,800 children in Clare and Gladwin Counties have received at least one book through the program and over 112,000 books have been delivered to the homes of children!

In the month of December 2017, there were 1,010 children enrolled.

The Clare-Gladwin Imagination Library (books and mailing) invoice for the month of Dec. 2017 was $2,131.29.

$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
Community Supports CGRESD Early Childhood programs

The Friends of the Gladwin County Libraries recently made a $2,000 donation to Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative to provide books to young children in Clare and Gladwin Counties. Pictured are (l to r) Mary Ellen Erwin, Amy Pratt (GSC Director), Paula Jonas and Barbara Willing.

Missy Buckland, Clare Shopko Store Manager presents a donation to Amy Pratt, Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative Director.

Missy Buckland, Clare Shopko Store Manager presents a donation to Amy Pratt, Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative Director.

The Clare-Gladwin RESD’s Great Start Collaborative announced two recent donations that will have long-lasting benefits to local children.

“The Clare-Gladwin community has a long, impactful history of stepping up, and our local kids benefit every time it happens,” said GSC Director Amy Pratt. “Many times, these donations from local community groups are the difference in keeping these vital programs alive.”

The Friends of the Gladwin County Libraries recently donated $2,000 to the GSC’s Imagination Library program. Donors include the Knights of Columbus (sponsor of the August fish fry); Don and Yvonne Hall; Beaverton Eagles 3655 and Eagles 3655 Auxiliary; Gladwin Lodge #397 F. & A.M. and Friends of the Gladwin County Libraries.

Also recently, GSC wrote a grant to the Shopko Foundation, which resulted in a donation of $500 to purchase car seats or Pack 'n Plays to support the GSC’s Childbirth Education 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 2017, the kindness of community sponsors has provided more than 10,000 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.

Funds from the Shopko Foundation grant will be used to purchase car seats or Pack 'n Plays for moms who complete the Childbirth Education program offered through MidMichigan Health. GSC works in partnership with MidMichigan Health to provide an incentive gift for parents to complete the education class through the hospital. They get to choose from a new Pack 'n Play and safe sleep education, or a new convertible car seat and corresponding safety education; installation of the car seat is performed by a technician from Central Michigan District Health Department, who also advises new users on how to make sure it is used properly.

“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.”

Rusty Govitz