• From the Central Michigan District Health Department:

    At the present time, clinics for 16-17 year olds with underlying health conditions are only being offered at select locations. We have openings at Hayes Township Hall this week for 16-17 year olds with underlying health conditions (and all other priority groups listed below). If an appointment is being made for a 16-17 year old, a parent/guardian MUST accompany a 16-17 year old to their vaccination appointment as it requires consent to be signed at the time of the vaccination.

    We are currently vaccinating individuals in the priority groups who live or work in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola and Roscommon Counties and persons who are aged 18 and above can select any of our clinic locations to set up an appointment. Appointments are required for ALL clinics.

    At this time, we are able to offer first dose appointments throughout our six county area to:

    • Individuals working in healthcare or congregate care (long-term care) settings
    • Frontline essential workers
    • School and childcare staff (including congregate childcare settings such as Head Start, Early Head Start, licensed childcare settings)
    • Corrections workers
    • Workers and residents in homeless shelters
    • Adult and child protective services workers
    • Persons ages 50 and above
    • Individuals 16 – 49 years old with underlying medical conditions. A parent/guardian MUST accompany a 16-17 year old to their vaccination appointment as it requires consent to be signed at the time of the vaccination.
    • Caregivers of children and adults with special needs

    A complete list of priority groups can be found here.

    Those in the current priority groups listed above can now to register themselves for an appointment.

    • Click here to schedule your own appointment.
    • Please use your legal first and last name when making your appointment.
    • You must live or work in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola or Roscommon Counties to schedule an appointment.
    • If you do not see clinic dates available, continue to visit our website at www.cmdhd.org for information on future clinic appointment dates and times. We will continue to add clinic appointment dates and times as they become available.
    • If you need help with scheduling, please call 2-1-1 or ask a friend, family member or neighbor to help you.

    We apologize if you have already been contacted by phone or email, or have already responded. We are trying to make sure we don’t miss anyone who may be interested in the COVID vaccine.

    If you do not meet any of the current priority groups, please check our website on or after April 5, 2021 for more information about our local health department’s vaccination plans moving forward.

    If you have already had your first dose from us or another provider, please disregard.

    Thank you for your patience.



    March 19, 2021

    (CLARE) – Local school officials concerned about the spread of COVID-19 when school resumes after Spring Break are encouraging travelers to take advantage of free local rapid testing.

    The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District is hosting rapid antigen COVID-19 testing for any community members – particularly students and school staff – who may be vacationing during the break. The testing will be available Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the parking lot of the Clare-Gladwin Area School at 4041 E. Mannsiding Road in Clare. The event will take place rain or shine.

    “The purpose of the testing event is to ensure people returning to school following Spring Break are not COVID-positive,” said CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. “This is a quick, efficient way to help in those efforts, and we encourage anybody who is traveling over the break to consider taking the rapid test and help keep our schools safe.”

    Participants should pre-register for the event by scanning the QR code provided or by visiting http://honumg.info/ClareGladwinRESD. Doing so will take participants to an online form to be completed, signed electronically and submitted. Pre-registering will greatly speed up the testing process. Those who are unable to complete the electronic form will be assisted in registering at the site on the day of testing. Results will be sent to participants’ email address; the account will need to be validated with the person’s first and last name and date of birth.

    For more information, contact CGRESD at 989.386.3851.


  • The Clare County Leadership Institute is gearing up for another season. Check out their brochure with all the information you need.


    • Building Leadership Skills
    • Volunteering & Community Service
    • Volunteering on Community
    • Boards/Commissions

    Past participants have included Department Heads, Elected Officials, Business Professionals, Church Leadership, Council Members, School Personnel, Chamber Officers, Hospital Employees and others.



    Every spring, the efforts of a select group of local students are celebrated for overcoming difficult times with the Clare-Gladwin Area School Board Association’s TurnAround Achievement Awards. The fact that the students weren’t able to convene in person for that celebration this year does nothing to diminish the accomplishments that got them there; under the circumstances, it might signal something even more meaningful.

    This year’s batch of awardees – 22 students from Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin and Harrison, as well as Bullock Creek, Coleman and Meridian – were notified last week that they had been chosen by their local teachers and administrators. The package they received included certificates, scholarship information and a printed program sharing their stories of perseverance.

    “The TurnAround students’ stories are as varied as the students themselves,” said Sheryl Presler, superintendent at Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District, which administers the awards. “Some have fought through deeply traumatic personal experiences; some have learned to deal with extreme anxiety in the school setting. But the common thread running throughout all their stories is grit – the ability, with the aid of friends, family, teachers and administrators, to overcome.”

    Students honored include Dacoda Johnson and Kayla Burch from Beaverton Jr./Sr. High School; Brian James and Danielle Drake of Bullock Creek High School; Craig Humphrey and Haley Grady from Clare High School; Autumn Warner and Damien Ferguson from Clare Pioneer High School; Wesly Davis and Jessica Moore of Coleman High School; Hauck Degeer and Jheda Valdez from Farwell High School; Tyler Shinkan and Brenna Finch of Farwell Timberland Alternative Education; Kelsey Lynn Derck and Victoria Whitney from Gladwin High School; Brooke Farless and Paige Tucker of Gladwin Alternative Education; Walter Worthing and Kaylee Copeman from Harrison High School; Cailey Fedderson of Harrison Alternative Education; and Jessica Raymond of Meridian High School.

    Recipients of the TurnAround Achievement Awards are given one of three scholarships, each of which entitles them to six credit hours of in-district tuition at Mid Michigan College. The scholarships include the Doug Dodge Academic Opportunity Award for Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin and Harrison students; the Al Roeseler Academic Opportunity Award for students from Coleman High School; and the Tom Gilstad Academic Opportunity Award for those attending Bullock Creek High School or Meridian High School.

    Since the awards began in 2006, it’s been standard practice for the TurnAround Awards to bring all the students, their families and the teachers/administrators who nominate them together for a luncheon where their stories are told and they’re given certificates from CGRESD and MMC. This year, that wasn’t possible, but their achievements still needed to be applauded in the safest way possible.

    “During these difficult days, it can be hard to find things to feel good about,” Presler said. “I encourage everyone to visit the RESD’s website at www.cgresd.net or search ‘Clare-Gladwin RESD’ on Facebook to learn about these amazing students and the obstacles they’ve battled. At a time when physical, mental and emotional perseverance is so important, these young women and men epitomize that spirit; they’re simply inspiring.”



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    When the 2018-19 school year starts up this fall, the SPARKS program will serve students in all five local school districts in Clare and Gladwin Counties for the first time in its 15-year history.

    Staff at the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District, which oversees the afterschool and summer program that is free to students and their families, recently received word of new federal funding in the amount of $810,000 per year for the next five years that will allow SPARKS to reopen sites in secondary schools in Beaverton, Farwell, Gladwin and Harrison.

    “Thanks to grant money we earned a year ago, we were able to offer SPARKS services to elementary schools in four local districts, plus Coleman and Meridian,” said SPARKS Project Director Rebecca Idzikowski. “With this new round of funding, we can now once again offer SPARKS at Beaverton Jr./Sr. High School, Farwell Middle School, Farwell High School, Gladwin High School, Harrison Middle School and Harrison High School.”

    SPARKS, or Students Participating in Academics and Recreation for Knowledge and Success, is an afterschool and summer school program created locally in 2003 with federal funding from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant through the Michigan Department of Education. The program’s mission is to provide academic support and enrichment activities for students, many of whom are at risk of low achievement.

    Working with several other community partners, including MSU Extension in Clare, Gladwin and Midland Counties, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, SPARKS helped 303 students last year; with the addition of the secondary schools in 2018-19, that number could double. Idzikowski said that whatever people might think they know about SPARKS, they probably don’t have the full picture.

    “We focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), job and career skills, homework and tutoring, math and literacy, credit recovery and community involvement,” she said. “Our kids enjoy a safe, inspiring learning environment with programming that has been proven to boost school attendance and academic performance. SPARKS fills an essential need for these students.”

    CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler, who led the grant writing team that secured the original funding 15 years ago, said this latest grant is the result of intense effort on the part of her staff.

    “Twenty organizations in the state of Michigan alone applied for this federal grant,” Presler said. “Ours received two of those grants and roughly 10 percent of the funding awarded in the state. Our staff worked tirelessly on this grant because we believe so strongly in its benefits, and it’s a feather in our cap to receive this amount of funding when the competition for limited dollars was so intense.”

    Idzikowski said the SPARKS staff is excited to have the grant writing process out of the way and ready to tackle the new school year.

    “At its best, SPARKS’ federal and local goals focus on increasing academic achievement, expanding student learning in non-academic areas, targeting the lowest achieving students, promoting student attendance, strengthening community involvement, increasing family education and participation and providing a wide range of expanded enrichment opportunities,” she said. “SPARKS’ goals reflect outcomes that are achievable, yet higher than federal targets. And we do all that while providing a snack and dinner each night, transportation, field trip opportunities and more, all at no cost to students or their families.”

    Follow all the latest SPARKS happenings, including its summer program, by searching “ClareGladwinSPARKS” on Facebook.