When they first came to Battle Creek in 1980, Joe and Clara Stewart knew that they wanted to do one thing: help children. Joe started out working for the Kellogg Company as the Director of Child Nutrition, which is where he connected with Arlin Ness, then-current President and CEO of Starr Commonwealth and the organization as a whole. “Starr is the kind of place where once you get involved in it, if you believe in the uplifting of people and children, you believe in Starr.”
Earlier this month, Starr held an Alumni Cookout on or Albion campus, where former staff and students met up with current residents to talk about their experiences, offer advice and show the support network of the Starr Alumni Association.
This year, Starr Commonwealth is celebrating 105 years of working with children and families and our steadfast belief that all children have the innate power to transform into something bold and beautiful. We are celebrating this anniversary in a big way – at the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, October 6, 2018, in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery and Butterfly Garden.
The Starr Alumni Association, in partnership with Starr Commonwealth, Starr Albion Prep, and the Board of Trustees, will be hosting a cookout on Friday, August 17, 2018. This event is open to alumni and former staff members who would like to reconnect with each other, share stories of their time at Starr, and spend some time with current students and Starr supporters.