Help Prevent the Summer Slide with Starr!

DSC_0176For 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.

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Starr Albion Prep Talent Show!

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Last Friday, students on our Albion campus had the opportunity to show off their hard work and skills at our first Starr Albion Prep Talent Show! Boys and girls had to audition for a slot in the show, and have been working hard for weeks to perfect their performances. Continue reading

Starr Staff Give Back This Holiday Season

DSC_0002For 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.

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Marshall Middle School Reveals Resilient Communities Art Project Mosaic

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Linda LaNoue, Mary Gilhuly, and Erica Isham in front of the newly unveiled mosaic in Marshall Middle School.

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.

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Resilient Schools Project Set to Begin – Creating Spaces for All Children to Flourish

Group of Elementary Pupils In Classroom Answering QuestionStarr 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.

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