2009-12-12 / Top News

Community Foundation Gives $13,252 in Grants

Community projects will receive $13,252 in financial support through grants from the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. The Board of Trustees approved the fall grants during its meeting Friday, December 4.

Eleven grants were awarded, including five to Mackinac Island Public School and two to Ste. Anne's Church.

"The grant requests were varied and provide for the entire spectrum of our residents," said Robin Dorman, executive director of the foundation. "They also benefit our workers and visitors."

Ste. Anne’s Church: Teen Night Program will receive $750 to support activities and trips for Island youth during winter months.

Ste. Anne’s Church: Meals on Snowmobiles will receive $2,000. For the fifth year, the program will provide two hot meals a week to Island senior citizens.

Mackinac Island Public School: Boatload of Books program will get $200. The incentive program promotes and works to improve the reading skills of third grade through seventh grade students.

Mackinac Island Public School: Students in fourth through seventh grades will be able to attend the Overnight at Fort Michilimackinac event with a $1,340 grant. Students will learn about the fort, its history, and history of the Straits area.

Mackinac Island Public School: Super Science Saturdays will get $342 to provide science activities for preschool and kindergarten students.

Mackinac Island Public School: A total of $1,920 was granted for a one-day ski trip for students to travel to Boyne Highlands.

Mackinac Island Public School: 2010 Prom Night will receive $500 to allow seniors to have a combined prom with other small schools in the district.

Mackinac Island Public School: Christmas Gift Program will receive $1,000 to provide gifts and necessities to families for the holidays.

Great Turtle Festivals: The foundation is granting $1,200 to support lilac care and education. The foundation is joining with the Mackinac Island State Park and the Tourism Bureau to bring an expert to the Island to present training and education about lilacs.

Mackinac Island Allied EMS: The foundation will contribute $2,500 to provide training to interested residents to become an Emergency Medical Technician.

City of Mackinac Island: A $1,000 grant is being given to the city to help offset the cost of providing safe winter transportation to Island senior citizens as part of the Senior Winter Transport program.

American Legion Post 299: A $500 grant to help purchase items to improve the Veterans Room in the Stuart House Museum was awarded to the Island's post.

Serving on the Grants Committee are Karen Allen, Penny Barr, Betty BeDour, Jennifer Bloswick, Jack Dehring, Margaret Doud, Kay Hoppenrath, Kim Kolatski, and Mary K. McIntire.

The Mackinac Island Community foundation also announced a new fund, the Lois Griffin Flower Basket Fund, established by the family and friends of Mrs. Griffin of Findlay, Ohio, who died July 17. Mrs. Griffin, a longtime summer resident staying on French Lane, loved the beauty that the city's flower baskets added to Island streets, said her family.

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