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.”
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.
Starr Battle Creek is once again having their Super Starr Reading Camp this summer! This is a summer reading adventure for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade and is designed to strengthen reading and writing super powers! Continue reading
Last year, Starr Battle Creek started the Camp Ready Readers program, a community service for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade who are experiencing difficulties in reading and writing. This program, provided for free due to the support of Starr’s donors, was designed to keep children learning throughout the summer with educational and fun literacy lessons and activities. Continue reading
A $5000 grant from the Santo, Maria, Frank and John Zanetti Foundation will support Starr Commonwealth’s behavioral health program in Battle Creek.
The need for quality behavioral and mental health services for low-income children and families persists in Calhoun County, and Starr has been meeting these important needs for over eight years, in addition to its extensive work in youth development. Continue reading