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.”
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.
For many kids, summer means that they will no longer be actively engaging in academic activities. Without the daily support school provides, they can begin to regress in their reading abilities in a phenomenon known as the Summer Slide.
On average, students can lose up to two months of reading skills over the summer, and low-income students can lose more than that. This decrease in performance, called the Summer Slide, can lead to lower graduation rates among students, and we need your help to prevent it.
Like many Americans, you are probably aware that the accumulation of assets in your retirement plan can be the basis for a financially secure future. To ensure that your retirement assets are put to good use after your lifetime, consider the benefits of using them for a charitable gift.
Elizabeth Carey with Stand Tall Award winners Hazel Lias, Hans Schuler, and Brenda Hunt.
Last week, Starr Commonwealth continued the tradition of honoring local heroes for children with our Second Annual Night of Starrs. Hazel Maxine Martin-Lias from Albion, Brenda L. Hunt from Battle Creek, and Hans Schuler from Marshall were each presented with the Stand Tall Award and celebrated for their dedication to the basic tenets of Starr’s mission: creating positive environments where children and families can flourish.