March is both Reading Month and Developmental Disability Awareness Month, so this year, Starr staff headed out to our local communities to encourage reading and spread awareness of developmental disabilities! We provided our staff with educational and fun books, and they were encouraged to go to their local school and read to the students in a classroom – and boy did they turn out!
We had 20 members of the Starr family volunteer their time to read in 24 classrooms around Michigan, including president and CEO Elizabeth Carey, who read in two Albion classrooms. “We wanted to show students that it is still fun and exciting to read as an adult,” one staff member at Albion commented.
To raise awareness of developmental disabilities and encourage more acceptance, each staff member read an age-appropriate book about those with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. These books were then donated to the school, so future kids can benefit from their message. Some examples of the books that were read and donated to schools include Just Because, Be Good to Eddie Lee, Ian’s Walk and more.
Our staff loved having the opportunity to share with children the fun of reading and the importance of accepting those who may seem a little bit different than us, and we look forward to making this an annual volunteer project here at Starr!