GLADWIN – In the two weeks prior to our first day, registration soared from six participants to an incredible 96 students! Many last minute details needed adjustment, like increasing the quantity of food and craft supplies, but we were able to accomplish it with the help of our wonderful volunteers.  

A special thanks goes out to Gladwin City and County Transit for stepping up to help us when our bus could not seat all the students. Also, without their assistance, there would have been no time for the students to spend any time at the site because the bus route spread out more than 90 miles.

The weather has been very cooperative and the students have enjoyed participating in many outdoor activities, in addition to art and craft projects. We have some special presentations coming up later this summer that include painting six mobility carts for disabled children, a visit from Gladwin’s Firefighters, a personal safety review, and a bike safety presentation by MidMichigan Health of Gladwin. Then there is the raffle in mid-August where three lucky participants will win a new bicycle. First United Methodist Church will hold a special Summer Lunch Bunch celebration on Sunday, August 25starting at 9:30 a.m. In addition to the worship service recognizing the children, brunch and displays of projects the students created will be presented.

This week, Summer Lunch Bunch will take over preparation of the lunch and snacks. This menu offered fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, raw carrots, and milk on Tuesday. Ham or turkey sandwiches, fruit cups, potato chips, and milk will be provided this Thursday. Unfortunately, our former supplier was unable to provide the number of weekend nutrition packs we had requested and we had to eliminate that plan.

The number of participants has been very gratifying, but also unexpected. Volunteers, donations, as well as additional participants, are still being accepted. We are especially interested in enlisting the help of ‘supervisors’ when we begin painting the mobility carts that will be sent to disabled children around the world. Please call Monica Bierl at 989-429-9549 if you are interested in becoming a part of this very worthwhile community endeavor, or if you have any questions about the program.

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