Grant used to buy mower for school

GLADSTONE – A new mower was recently purchased by the Gladstone Area Schools through a grant from the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula’s Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Fund.

Greg Sudderth, grants committee chair of the foundation’s Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Fund stated, “We are happy to support the cross country track utilized by not only the Gladstone track team members, but also students from all over the Upper Peninsula who use the track, which has been so generously provided for by Ms. Carla Beauchamp and her family.”

Gladstone Area Schools are hoping to host a “statewide” cross country event, of which they describe the Beauchamp Grove location as “the best cross country track in the Upper Peninsula.”

The new mower will allow the school to keep the track’s grass cut and ensure a much better pathway for all cross country participants. It will also make the track safer.

The Upper Peninsula Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Fund was placed in the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula by the former Mead Publishing Paper Division to provide a link between the mill men and women, youth and various U.P. sportsmen’s and women’s groups that emphasizes the forest and their sustainability.

Sudderth stated, “Our fund makes grants for projects and programs that qualify twice a year, in the spring and fall.”

The next round of grants will be made in October 2016. Grants must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, to be considered.