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.



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