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Community Foundation funds Boyne City School Wellness Program improvements

BOYNE CITY - The Boyne City School Wellness Program is about to become even more student-friendly, thanks to the generous support of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

The Foundation has awarded a grant of $1,900 to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, which administers the school-based health services program. Maureen Radke, Program Officer for the Community Foundation, explained that the grant will be used to develop a youth-friendly space in the clinic, and to help create a more private setting for student visits.

"This grant will provide a student-designed, bright, happy place to meet the health and wellness needs of students of the Boyne City Public Schools," Radke said. "The Community Foundation would like to thank each and every student who volunteered their time, ideas, and especially their great energy to make this project happen." Improvements are expected to be completed by December 2014.

The Boyne City School Wellness Program offers school nursing services, mental health counseling, and wellness education. It is funded jointly by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and Department of Education (MDE). Boyne City Public Schools is a major partner, providing office space, support, collaboration, promotion and marketing. The program has offices in Boyne City Elementary School and Boyne City Middle School, and serves students in grades K through 8.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. Visit the Health Department online at or call (800) 432-4121.