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.”

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 Middle School Send off to Marshall Public School

SendOff-03January 22, 2016 – Last day for Albion Middle School students in Albion.

“Under an expanded cooperative agreement with Marshall Public Schools, Albion will send its students in grades 6-8 to learn at Marshall Middle School starting Monday. Albion Public Schools will remain a K-5 school district for the rest of the school year.” (BC Enquirer)

An ongoing saga with excellent coverage by the Battle Creek Enquirer.  Be sure to click through HERE to read the entire article AND to see the send off video!



Better yet – See the ENTIRE COLLECTION of articles about Albion Public Schools by the Battle Creek Enquirer by clicking here.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

mom_reading_to_babyOne of the best ways we can give is to read to our children.  Albion is lucky to be participating in a program that will provide your baby with a free book each month up until the age of 5.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a FREE program where each month, from the day a child is born until his/her fifth birthday, a carefully selected book arrives in the mail.

To learn more about Albion District Library’s Imagination Library program and how you can participate or support the program, please call (517) 629-3993 or visit the Children’s Room at the Albion District Library.  You can also register online by going to this link: http://usa.imaginationlibrary.com/register…


Here is the link to the official information about Albion’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library:


Dolly1 About Dolly Parton

Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, the fourth of twelve children.  She has described her family as being “dirt poor”. Parton’s father paid the doctor who helped deliver her with a bag of oatmeal.

Her literacy program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,a part of the Dollywood Foundation, mails one book per month to each enrolled child from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten. Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each and every month across the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia.

Source: wikipedia

This program accepts donations and also would like to know of any families who are interested in participating.


Albion’s Big Read

Albion’s Big Read coming in October 2015!  Albion is one of only 75 cities nationwide that was selected for a program by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  Albion residents will have a chance to get a free book “Wizard of Earthsea” about a young man going through challenges and a transformation.


The October General Guide to Albion features the Big Read, thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Albion-Homer United Way, and Morning  Star.



The hero of the book, Ged, is a person of color who is destined for greatness and also has many difficulties.  He learns the power of words, and wisdom of his choices and brings about a balance in the world with his thinking and deeds. There is much excitement in the book, including dragons and sailing and characters of many types.  People in Albion will have a chance to come together to discuss the book, to hear authors of other books with topics related to diversity, to have concerts, movies and a big kick off event.

See this website for the complete calendar of events and come back here for more General information later.




New Tools at Albion Public Schools

Promethean Board

Albion students use wifi, ipads and tablets, cell phones  and Promethean Boards. Albion Public Schools share a high school program at Marshall Senior High.

Eighth-grade graduates from both cities recently enjoyed a 2-day  overnight program called “Rising Freshmen” at Albion College that included team-building activities.

Select students that attended Albion Schools comprise the first cohort of “Build Albion Fellows,” and get a chance to attend Albion College.

GED Preparation Classes at Albion District LIbrary

Albion has a FREE GED preparation course that will help anyone who does not have a high school degree to get a certificate of equivalence.  The classes are offered at Albion District Library, 501 S. Superior Street, Albion, MI, 49224.  The GED tests do have fees, even though the preparation classes are no charge.

Here is a link to the official website with information about Albion’s GED program:



Question:  What is a GED certificate?

Answer: GED stands for General Educational Development. 

From wikipedia: “Passing the GED test gives those who do not complete high school, or who do not meet requirements for high school diploma, the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential, also called a high school equivalency diploma, general equivalency diploma a high-school degree awarded by a series of examinations; also called GED as in the dictionary, in the majority of the United States.”
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Educational_Development

General Guide XII – September 2015 – printable version

Literacy Series – featuring Albion Public Schools

Click on either of the images below to access a printable pdf file of the September 2015 General Guide to Albion(size 2MB – give it a minute to load)
Depending upon your plugins and settings in your browser, the file may download to your computer. From there you can read the file and print it onto two sheets of paper.