The Alaska Great Lakes ProjectÂ (AGLP) will soon be headed to Alaska for the twenty-fourth time with a group of Marshall young people, 63 of them this year.Â This is not just a trip for â€œrich kids,â€ but every kid is given the opportunity to apply and travel with the group.Â Once accepted, everyone shares in the moneys generated by the fundraiser activities, from raffles to pasty sales to a pancake breakfast and a golf scramble.Â Parents are asked to pay the balance of the cost of the trip, usually about two thousand dollars.
Those needing assistance, can apply for grants from a Marshall Community Foundationâ€™s Tom & Lucy Franke Education Enrichment Scholarship.Â In addition, a portion of the funds raised is set aside to offer assistance to those who need help.
A number of Marshall businesses, organizations, and individuals have contributed funds to assist students who otherwise might not be able to participate. Â Hemmingsenâ€™s Drugs has been a supporter of the AGLP from its beginning.Â Thousands of dollars are contributed each year through their underwriting of the M&M sales in businesses around the community.Â This is in addition to the store serving as the headquarters for parent payments and communication.
The most recent supporter is Tuffy Auto Service Center, located on West Michigan Avenue in Marshall.Â John Reynolds, the owner, made a generous donation to be used to provide financial assistance to students with difficulties in paying the parent portion of the cost of the trip.Â John said he had not had a lot of money growing up and wanted to make sure that students who needed help to participate were helped.Â His donation will be divided among a number of the 2013 summer travelers who have applied for payment support.Â Tuffy Auto Service Center wants to show its support of the young people of the city of Marshall and make sure students are not limited by their financial situation.
The AGLP would like to thank all who have supported the numerous fundraisers through the year.Â There is no other city in the US who has had nearly 900 of their young people travel to and learn in Alaska.Â This is in addition to the over 250 adults who volunteered their time and energies to travel with them in the North Star State.Â None of this would be possible without the backing of the people of Marshall.Â Thank you!
Photo Caption:Â John Reynolds, owner of The Tuffy Auto Service Center on West Michigan Ave in Marshall, presents Dale Rosene with a generous donation.Â These funds will be used to help fund travel to Alaska for families that need assistance.