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Great Explorations

Imagine learning math concepts by playing with Legos. Or improving reading and writing skills by publishing stories. These things and more are possible through Great Explorations, an after-school and summer enrichment program for area children.

1st and 2nd grade catepillar to butterfly projectAcademic Enrichment

Academic enrichment occurs through exciting actives that expand rather than extend the school day, including: hands-on learning, homework help, tutoring, field trips & activities.

Enrichment Activities

Enrichment activities are designed to develop the whole child through a variety of explorer clubs and activities including: music, art, drama, outdoors, sports, health, recreation & interest clubs (books, boats, ect.).

Family Activities

Family activities are also planned, including regular family fun nights at the schools. Family activities include: wellness/fitness, technology, workshops & volunteer opportunities.

Learn, Learn, Learn through Play, Play, Play

School-age children have unique intellectual, emotional, physical and creative needs. They also need a break from school. Great Explorations meets those needs by nurturing a child's education through creative, hands-on approaches.

Caring staff reading to children.Caring Staff Lead The Way

Highly qualified, experienced staff respond to each child's needs in a caring, positive manner. Staff include: teachers, education professionals, high school students & community members.

School-Year Schedule

Great Explorations meets every full school day. After a healthy snack, every child will have a tutoring or homework help session each day. Children will also take part in self-selected enrichment & recreational activities.

Canoeing activity.Summer Schedule

The summer program meets daily Monday through Friday. Like the after-school program, activities include an academic component, enrichment and family activities.

Who Can Attend

Great Explorations is open to children in grades K-8 at Hancock Public Schools. Great Explorations Meets or exceeds State of Michigan Licensing requirements for childcare, ensuring a safe learning environment for your child.


Modest user fees will be charged to help operate the program. Discount and scholarships are available based on family income, numbers of siblings participating & program usage. Current rates are available by calling Gladys Dupuis, Site Coordinator at 906.483.3918.

Local Partnership

The Great Explorations program is a partnership of the public schools of Hancock & BHK Child Development Board. The project is funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Michigan Department of Education and the Hancock Foundation.


At-A-Glance Calendar for the Week of May 21, 2018

Full Calendar    |    Lunch Calendar    |    HPS District Calendar (PDF)


MON 21


WG Breaded Chicken Patty on Whole Grain Hamburger Bun


Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust (Cheese-V or Pepperoni*)


Golf - Ontonagon Invite at Ontonagon Golf Course

4:00 p.m. Softball Double Header vs. L'Anse at Houghton County Arena

4:00 p.m. MS Track - WIC at West Iron County

TUE 22


V-Whole Grain Cheese Quesadilla


Taco Seasoned Beef served with with Nacho Cheese and Tortilla Pieces


Golf - Houghton Invite at Portage Lake Golf Course


4:00 p.m. Baseball Double Header vs. Houghton at Hanocck Driving Park

WED 23


Beef Sloppy Joe on Whole Grain Hamburger Bun


Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust (Cheese-V or Pepperoni*)


4:00 p.m. Varsity Track at Hancock (H)

THU 24


Beef Meatball Sub with Spaghetti Sauce Served in a WG Bun


WG Popcorn Chicken Elementary: WW Dinner Roll; M/HS Only WG Onion Rings


2018 commencement ceremony to be broadcast live on YouTube

FRI 25


V-WG Bosco Cheesy Stuffed Breadsticks with Marinara


Crispy Whole Grain Chicken Fingers w/ WG Roll

Middle and HS Only will be given a Cooks choice of one of the menued items above or Pasta Bar: Choice of pasta, meat vegetables and sauce


2018 commencement ceremony to be broadcast live on YouTube

SAT 26


Gradudation Day -- Watch the 2018 commencement ceremony on YouTube.

SUN 27