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ESCANABA – The Community Foundation of Delta County and the Hannahville Indian Community has donated funds to the after-school program at the Catherine Bonifas Civic Center and for the purchase of a new brush hog. The program is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation for Delta County and its Youth Advisory Committee, which is affiliated with the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula.

“The after school program continued to experience challenges due to COVID. However, every effort is made to provide items to young people who need them. The items consist of snacks, hygiene items and school supplies for students in grades 4-12. These items are distributed to young people through Escanaba Public Schools. We still hope that our establishment will soon be open again and that the young people of the community will be able to take advantage of what we offer. Funding for the purchase of a brushcutter will allow staff to maintain the west side recreation area efficiently and more frequently,” said Escanaba Recreation Department Director Kim Peterson.

When the restrictions are lifted, students can go to the Catherine Bonifas Civic Center after school, which is a safe and supervised establishment. Students can also use the gym, game room, laptops, Wi-Fi, board games, read a reading program, etc.

The Escanaba Recreation Department also accepted a scholarship from the Hannahville Indian Community for the After School Program and a brush pig.

“Working with the Indian community of Hannahville and their continued support of the Recreation Department and the Catherine Bonifas Civic Center is a wonderful partnership,” said Peterson.

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