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Hancock Public School District



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 activities 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, etc.).

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.

Kids reading in classroomCaring 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 regular school day and on early release Wednesdays. Programming will be offered on half days as staffing permits. After a healthy snack, every child will have a tutoring or homework help session each day. Children will also take part in enrichment clubs & recreational activities.

Kids playing and building with LegosSummer 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-5 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 and school lunch status. Rates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:

  • Regular school day: $8

  • Early Relesae Wednesday: $12

  • Half Day: $20

DHHS assistance may be available for free and reduced lunch families. Please contact the GE Site Coordinator for more information.


GE offers four sessions during the school year with new enrichment clubs planned for each session. The session schedules for the 2019-2020 school year are: 

  • Session 1: September 9th-November 8th

  • Session 2: November 11th-January 24th

  • Session 3: January 27st-March 27nd

  • Session 4: March 30th -June 10th

A 2019-2020 registration packet must be completed before your child may attend.

2019-2020 Session 1 Registration

If you have any questions, please contact either the Youth Services Director or GE Site Coordinator. 

Melissa Parker, Youth Services Director: 906-487-6600 ext. 130 / 

Karissa Johnson, Site Coordinator: 906-487-9030 ext. 6202 /

Local Partnership

The Great Explorations program is a partnership of the public schools of Hancock & BHK Child Development Board.


At-A-Glance Calendar for the Week of January 18, 2021

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


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