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CLC plans 8th annual golf outing

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By
JACKIE KOCH

Leadership at Community Learning Connections (CLC) of Tecumseh has changed hands, but that doesn’t mean anything has changed as far as the multitude of ways the organization helps students in Tecumseh Public Schools (TPS). With school in its first weeks of the 2021-22 year, Interim Executive Director Amanda Gibson and staff are busy planning CLC’s 8th Annual Golf Outing, a fundraiser that helps the nonprofit organization feed, clothe, support and educate students and their families in the district. This year’s event will be held Friday, Sept. 24 at Tecumseh Golf Club, 5200 Milwaukee Rd.  

Gibson was the high school graduation coach through CLC for six years and took over when longtime executive director Heather Perez accepted a position at Hospice of Lenawee, so she’s very familiar with both the golf outing and the organization’s programs. The golf event will involve approximately 25 teams of four and much more than golfing. “Last year we had a really great turnout, and we’re hoping for that again this year,” she said.

Cost of participating is $360 per team of four or $90 per player. Registration will start at 10 a.m. and a golf ball drop will take place at 11 a.m. when those who contribute $10 will compete to win up to $1,000 if their ball drops into the hole. Players will receive a light lunch of hot dogs and chips and the shotgun start will be at 11:15 a.m., with a chicken dinner provided by the Tecumseh Golf Club after play is done at 4 p.m. “They have a great champagne chicken and roasted potatoes meal prepared,” said Gibson.

There will be prizes for first place and last place for the 18-hole event. Kapnick Orchards and Tuckey’s Big Boy are donating pies for prizes, and other giveaways include a free golfing pass and gift baskets. Prior golf outings have raised between $20,000 and $30,000, and Gibson said the goal this year is $30,000.  

Much of the services provided by CLC in past years have focused on basic needs, including dairy boxes containing milk, cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, meats, potatoes, onions, apples and other staples; more than 80 weekly Friday Food Packs, which are ready-to-eat snacks sent home with students with food insecurity to supply food over the weekends; a Locker Room clothing closet that provides shoes, boots, coats and other apparel to students in need; and other ways to provide support.

CLC programs include Ruling Our eXperience (ROX), an empowerment program for girls that equips them with the knowledge and skills to lead healthy, independent, productive, and violence free lives; a Jr. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) group; student-driven positive change projects; a collaboration with Hospice of Lenawee to bring grief and loss support to TPS students; Voices for Change of Tecumseh in which students design positive change projects for their school and community; special health care services support with the Lenawee County Health Department for children with chronic conditions; a free eye exam and glasses for students in need through the Tecumseh Lions Club Eye Care Assistance Program; and much more.

Family-focused programming includes two-generation education through Family Nights in partnership with Tecumseh Public Schools and Community Action Agency, which offer financial education and coaching to parents, as well as academic and social-economic supports for students to be successful in school and tips on healthy lifestyle and meal-planning choices.

“We’re planning a lot coming up for the community, getting parents back involved with family nights at the middle school, doing social media awareness, just really getting them back involved,” said Gibson. The next big event will be in October when CLC will hold a parents’ night to get parents and students together with the help of a partnership with Twin Pines Eatery.

The organization counts on fundraisers such as the golf outing and the March Mingle in spring to fund many of the programs. The 2020 March Mingle fundraiser had to be canceled due to the pandemic and caused CLC to miss out on approximately $30,000 in proceeds typically raised at that event, so staff is working to catch up.

How have Gibson’s first few weeks in the executive director role gone? “Everybody’s been great,” she said. “The community has been super helpful, the CLC board has been very supportive. Tim Simpson at the golf course has been amazing, Superintendent Rick Hilderley, the building principals, everybody has been supportive and very helpful.”

The lead sponsor for the golf outing is TLC community Credit Union, with Fuel the Future VIP Sponsors DiggyPod, Hinesly Orthodontics, Premier Bank and Marty and Carol Boot; Fuel the Future sponsors First Student, D&P Communications, and County National Bank; and Major Sponsors Bieri & Ames, Tom and Jeanette Meyer, Victory Builders, and Schmidt & Sons Pharmacy. CLC is still seeking sponsors for other levels, starting with the $10 golf drop sponsorship. Those interested may call 423.7574 or email clc@tps.k12.mi.us. For more information on CLC programs, visit communitylearningconnections.org.

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