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      Bowling for the kids

      The 25th Annual Bowl For Kids Sake kicked off today at Superior Lanes in Marquette township.

      It's a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger counties.

      This year 40 teams participated as a pledge to raise money for the organization.

      Funds raised go specifically for programming costs like matching kids with mentors, and covering their activities.

      So far they have 150 matches, but still need to find mentors for fifteen kids.

      "It's helped me with school and getting my grades up and getting into National Junior Honor Society. Dealing with problems, homework, school and such," said Jazel Heribacka.

      "My big she helped me try new things and I do a lot of things I wouldn't have done if I hadn't have the program or her. Either if it's exercising or just new opportunities that I couldn't have accomplished without her," said Mia Heribacka.

      Organizers say kids in the program are 50 percent less likely to get involved in drugs or alcohol.

      This year they're hoping to raise $35,000.