In brief

Tropi Tan supports Safe Graduation Celebration

FLINT — In an effort to encourage 2013 high school grads to celebrate their accomplishments in drug-and alcohol-free environments, Tropi Tan Inc. has committed to giving free tanning sessions until Aug. 11 to nearly 2,700 local students who graduate and attend school-sponsored Project Graduation or postgrad functions.

Tropi Tan will give the memberships to graduates of Carmen Ainsworth, Davison, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Powers, Swartz Creek, Linden, Clio, Mt. Morris and Lake Fenton high schools. An estimated 2,698 students are expected to graduate from these schools, with more than 95 percent of them attending their respective post-graduation parties.

“I’m proud of each one of the graduates and they deserve the best,” said Tropi Tan owner and president, Vince Lorraine.

“High school graduation is the first big accomplishment for most kids and I want to reward them for choosing to celebrate it safely,” Lorraine continued. “Right out of school, money’s a little tight. For most of the summer, they’ll be able to tan for free at our 10 area salons — with no strings attached.”

At a value of $70 each, the tanning membership donation exceeds $188,000. — G.G.

Food Service Program looking to launch sites

FLINT — When school is out for summer vacation, millions of children across the nation lose access to the free and reduced-price meals they receive during the school year.

The Summer Food Service Program, run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), aims to fill that gap, providing children with free, healthy meals during the summer months when school is not in session and when many children often face missing meals and lack of proper nutrition.

Last year, more than 21 million children received free and reduced-price meals during the school year, but only 2.3 million participated in the Summer Food Service Program.

This summer the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is planning to support 65 Summer Feeding sites across the Genesee, Saginaw and Bay County areas. The sites will be open and free to children in need on various days and times based on individual site preference.

Approximately 42,000 children in these counties are at risk of hunger today. There are over 600,000 food insecure children in Michigan alone.

Sites can be churches, organizations, or schools, and must be located within a mile of any public school where more than 50 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunches. The sites must also serve no less than 30 children per day for at least three days a week for four or more weeks.

The Food Bank’s 2013 program runs from June 10-Aug. 23.

Details: Call 810-396-0208. — G.G.

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