Harrington – NAACP Backpack giveaway

Harrington School Open House 2016

and the NAACP Backpack giveaway


For the past several years, the Albion branch NAACP has hosted a Back to School – Stay in School Backpack giveaway event for students attending Albion Public Schools.

This year was different as the former Albion Public Schools is now a part of Marshall Public Schools. Harrington School had been closed for almost three years and this year was able to reopen due to the annexation.

The Education committee of Albion NAACP coordinated their annual event with the open house for Harrington School, which happened in August 2016.

The event was a major success, with an estimated 300 backpacks given away. There were several other organizations at the event also, who provided free information and giveaways regarding health, volunteer opportunities, academic support, and resources for students and their families.

To help with the efforts of Albion’s NAACP – Visit the the Albion NAACP facebook page and see their contact information on that page.

img_4015_harrington_open_house_flagAt the Harrington School Open House, on the same day as the backpack giveaway, there was a special flag raising ceremony by the Albion American Legion. There was a very good turnout with hundred of people coming to see the newly refurbished Harrington School.

History Hill at Holland Park

The public was invited to the grand opening of the newly installed West Ward School History panels in Holland Park at on Saturday, Aug. 13th 2016.

As part of the Holland Park Transformation, a Michigan Humanities Council Heritage grant was awarded to the City of Albion and Albion College to display the West Ward School story. For this project, historians Robert Wall, Leslie Dick, and Dr. Wesley Arden Dick interviewed more than 20 former West Ward students. This history will be a permanent exhibit on History Hill in Holland Park. Park visitors will be able to access the Albion West Ward School website to discover more and to hear the voices of the West Ward students.

West Ward Elementary School was built in 1873. For 45 years, its students were primarily the children of white, European immigrants who worked in the nearby iron foundries. European immigration was cut off during World War I, and the Albion Malleable Iron Company sent a recruiter south to Pensacola, Florida. In November of 1916, almost 100 years ago, 64 African American men arrived at the Albion railroad depot, ready to go to work at “The Malleable.” Soon, their wives and children arrived, posing a question: where would their children attend school? At first, those children were educated at an Albion African American church. When Dalrymple Elementary School was completed in January of 1918, the white West Ward School children were transferred to the new school and West Ward became an all-Black elementary school.

Previously, the African American children had been educated in the segregated, Jim Crow South in all-Black schools. The only way the new arrivals would have Black teachers in Albion in 1918 was to make West Ward a segregated school. Although segregated public education was against Michigan law, West Ward remained an all-Black school until 1953. While African American parents and community leaders initially favored the segregated arrangement, racial attitudes concerning justice and achieving the American Dream changed over time. By 1953, key Black parents considered West Ward to be “separate, but unequal,” and they kept their children out of school that fall. This led to a showdown with the Albion Board of Education. Confronted by the boycott and threatened by an NAACP lawsuit, the Board ended classes at West Ward in October of 1953. The West Ward story thus changed from northern segregation to an Albion Civil Rights movement. After the school was closed, it was tor! n down, and the school grounds became a city park, which was later dedicated in honor of Robert Holland, Sr., one of the boycott leaders. West Ward is a reminder that Albion’s story is America’s story.

The historical display was made possible by a Heritage Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

To learn more about History Hill visit our new website: www.albionwestward.net

To help support the work of the Albion branch NAACP, please visit https://www.facebook.com/AlbionNaacp/

To donate, go to the Holland Park Transformation facebook page and send us a message to ask where to mail your check.


Giving at Albion College – Davis Athletic Complex

We see changes happening in Albion, and many of them have to do with Albion College.

At the College one of the big new things is the Davis Athletic Complex, that is near the corner of East Erie Street and Hannah Street.  The complex was made possible by a generous gift from Bud and Ruby Davis to the college.



Albion Big Read Author Talk and celebration of leaders

Author talk at the historic Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion

7 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The award winning author Rita Williams-Garcia will speak on the power of community, and how the history of the United States, the struggle, brutality, injustice, hope, progress, and triumph affect us all.  Ms. Williams-Garcia is from New York City and has a biography in Wikipedia that can be read by clicking here.  

If you are coming from out of town for this talk, get here early to get a seat.  Enjoy the beautiful Bohm Theatre at this free event.  Maybe have dinner in Albion before the event at Cascarelli’s, Charlies, Gina’s, or Lopez Taco House. Learn more about Albion Big Read by clicking here.

ALBION, MI – October 26, 2016 – Albion’s Big Read would like to invite you to celebrate our town, our young people, and the community-making power of reading. Please join us on November 1, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Bohm Theater (201 S. Superior Str.) as we recognize the 2016 BIG READ LEADERS and hear from Coretta Scott King Award-winning author RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA.

Albion’s Big Read Leaders certainly give us reason to celebrate. These local 8th-10th graders completed a summer-long program that prepared them to lead discussions about Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 as a part of this year’s Big Read. And that is what they’ve done. They have already led six wonderfully different and enriching discussions that were open to the public and will lead one more on Sunday, October 30. (For details, visit www.albionbigread.org/events.)
This year’s Big Read Leaders are Carl Bates, Emmylou Roberts Christensen, Denisha Harris, Kei’Asianique Hill, Larenz Hill, Ian Lee, Cedriana March, Deonta March, Cassie Porter, Autumn Sisler, Sylvia Sisler, Fred Steward, Ta’Jyanna Steward, Terek Straham, A’Veion Washington, Danielle Washington, Jason Whetstone, and Da’Sani White.
There to help us honor these amazing young people will be RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA, a middle-grade and young-adult author who knows the power of community and the rich lives of young people. In novels like One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, and Gone Crazy in Alabama, Ms. Williams-Garcia looks with clear and unflinching eyes at the history of the United States. In them, her child characters both discover and reveal that the histories of black, white, and brown people in the United States “speak of and intersect through stories of struggle, brutality, injustice, hope, progress, and triumph.” Her books make clear that “very few of us on this soil can claim a separate and sole history. We are a joined people.”
Please come be a part of this joyful celebration at 7:00pm on November 1, 2016 at the Bohm Theater (201 S. Superior Str., Albion MI).
For questions, please contact Jess Roberts (jroberts@albion.edu) or Maddie Drury (mdrury@albion.edu).
For more information about Albion’s Big Read, check us out at www.albionbigread.org andhttps://www.facebook.com/albionbigread/.
This event is made possible by generous funding from the Marshall Community Foundation, the Albion Community Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest.

Albion Big Read 2016


Big Read Leaders of 2016 will help with various Big Read events in October continuing until November 1. Look for free books at book hubs and in Little Free Libraries.

Get your book at the Farmers Market and enjoy some community-wide reading discussions! NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

See events on the calendar page or on the AlbionBigRead.org website!

Harrington School September 2016


Harrington School is once again a home of education for students who live in Albion up to grade five.  The school had been closed due to financial and attendance issues for the past three years.  Now, Harrington is part of the newly enlarged Marshall Public School District.  Harrington is a great place for volunteers and interns from Albion College, it is so close by.
“Welcome Home Albion.”

Art Education in Albion and Marshall



The program aims to embrace and enhance the relationship between art and recreation, engage and connect Calhoun County residence and artists and promote the arts to children, parents and grandparents. In addition to classes and displays the Art Connect Project is providing a year of free studio work space at Schuler Arts for three Albion visual artists for professional and creative development.

The participating artists represent a wide spectrum of art-making practices and mediums and include Nobel Schuler, Bobbie Van Eck, Jerome Washington, Craig Bishop, Sabine LeDieu, Pete Williams, and Maureen Reed. Schuler ArtsCreativity Retreat Center is located at 1201 Maple Street in Albion and can also be viewed at www.schulerarts.com and on Facebook: Schuler Arts

The October series of free art classes include four offerings:

Play with Clay: Nobel Schuler’s “Play with Clay” series will introduce participants to the basic skills of working with clay using hand-building techniques and the potter’s wheel. (3 separate classes, one at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM)

Glass Fusing: Bobbie Van Eck’s “Glass Fusing” series will explore the art of fusing glass, how to design, cut, nip and join glass elements together to create a beautiful jewelry pendant or unique ornament. (3 separate classes, one at10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM)

Basics of Drawing: Jerome Washington’s “Basics of Drawing” classes will explore shape, form, and shadow and the fundamental elements of drawing and design. (3 separate classes, one at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM)

Creative Art Cards: Pete William’s “Creative Art Cards” will teach how basic designs can be creatively transformed through paper engineering and simple pop-up techniques. (3 separate classes, one at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM)

To register online for a class-Visit the Albion Recreation Department Programs at http://albion.recdesk.com. If registration assistance is needed you may call Mr. Larry Williams at the Albion Recreation Department-(517) 630-1369 or Nobel Schuler-(517) 629-8293. You may also register online for the November class series and be sure to also follow on Facebook: Schuler Arts.


Art Education

EastEnd Studio & Gallery in Marshall offers after school youth art classes.  Regular and scholarship students (and donations) are now being accepted!  Connector rides available, including to Albion!

Middle School students – consider getting a small group to try this adventure together and ride home on the connector bus!

See EastEndStudioGallery.com

Pathways to Opportunity

Pathways to Opportunity booklet
Pathways to Opportunity booklet

A 16-page booklet called “Pathways to Opportunity” was distributed to homes and businesses in the City of Albion, the City of Marshall, and the rest of the newly enlarged Marshall Public Schools District.

Pathways shows many of the options for students to learn, including the Build Albion Fellows program, where select Albion residents can get an Albion College education in exchange for their civic service. The booklet includes many photos of students including those from Albion.

The photo above is of the class of 2016 at Marshall High School, that included many students from Albion.

Visit Marshall Public Schools to learn more.

Albion GED program at Albion District Library

ALbion_district_library_michigan_GED_programAlbion Michigan is fortunate to have both an active GED tutoring program (free for students) and also a testing location.

Learn more about the Albion program by visiting the Albion District Library website’s page about the program: http://www.albionlibrary.org/ged/

Adult Basic Education is a program of study designed to improve essential reading, writing, and math skills in adults in advance of GED study. The GED testing program offers adults who left school an opportunity to earn a high school credential. GED examinees must demonstrate twelfth grade competencies that would have been acquired in a four year high school education.  Competencies are demonstrated through a battery of tests covering four major subject areas.  These areas are Language Arts (Reading/Writing), Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

See where the other testing locations are near Albion at this link: