Every year, Michigan Community Action (MCA), a group that provides many services for Michigan residents across multiple counties, holds their Community Action Awards. These awards recognize the achievements and hard work of clients and volunteers whose contributions are aligned with the Community Action mission of reducing poverty and changing lives in Michigan. This year, one of the Volunteer of the Year Awards went Starr Albion Prep for their volunteer work in Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, and Barry Counties.
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our second annual Night of Starrs event on April 11, 2018! To celebrate the strong spirit of generosity within our backyard, Starr Commonwealth will be presenting local leaders and champions for children with the Stand Tall Award, which honors leaders that share our commitment of the creating positive environments for children and families to flourish.
For the past few years, Starr has given its staff a holiday challenge: make the season especially magical for the children and families in our care. This year, our Albion and Detroit colleagues came together to build baskets for each cottage on our Albion campus, while Battle Creek adopted a local family. Once again, we had 100% of our Starr staff step up to the challenge.
On Tuesday, August 20th, Marshall Middle School (MMS) unveiled the Resilient Communities Art Project – a mosaic recently installed in the MMS cafeteria. The theme of the mosaic is “Bravery Dwells in Remarkable Places,” with each student featured in the mosaic sharing what being brave looks like to them. This Resilient Communities Art Project brought together diverse groups of youth to demonstrate a sense of vibrancy occurring throughout the Calhoun County area.
Starr Commonwealth has been awarded a two-year grant totaling $500,000 from the Midland-based Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation to fund the Resilient Schools Project, a collaborative effort that will parallel the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project, which is also being led by Starr Commonwealth. The Resilient Schools Project will initially be piloted in Harrington Elementary in Albion, Michigan, and will then expand to all Marshall Public Schools in the coming months and years to support the entire district.