Albion Big Read

Albion Michigan Big Read Leaders 2016

Albion’s Big Read is a program that aims to empower youth and bring communities together through shared reading experiences.


Albion Big Read was the sponsor of General Guides for the October Issue for 2017, 2016 and 2015.


Albion Michigan Big Read Leaders 2016

All of their special events for the month were added to the General Guide Google Calendar.

Harrington – NAACP Backpack giveaway

NAACP Backpack giveaway and Harrington School Open House


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.

2016 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.

Sister City travel opportunities

Trip to France - including Paris, and Noisy-le-Roi Albion's Sister City.
Trip to France – including Paris, and Noisy-le-Roi Albion’s Sister City.

Several Albion young people were able to take a memorable trip to Albion’s Sister City Noisy-le-Roi France in 2015 thanks to a special arrangement made possible by Albion Community Foundation. We will be posting more information about the trip later. For now, learn more about Albion’s Sister City, by visiting the official City of Albion web page about the sister city committee.

Read more about Albion’s Sister City relationship with Noisy-le-Roi, France on the Albion College website by clicking here.

Read some background information about the early days of the sister city relationship from the year 2000 on the AlbionMich.COM website.

Albion Big Read 2016

Albion Michigan Big Read Leaders 2016

Albion Michigan Big Read Leaders 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 website!

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 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 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!


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 Michigan Educational Resources


If you are new to Albion, we want to welcome you. Albion has more educational institutions than most cities.  The map to the left shows the educational resources we have now for the residents of Albion. We have Albion College, Kellogg Community College – Eastern Academic Campus, Starr Commonweath, and — our public schools, which have changed a lot. On May 3, 2016 the residents of the Albion Public School district including the City of Albion, voted to have Albion Public Schools annexed with Marshall Public Schools.  This was a difficult decision. Much of the newly enlarged school district is about 12 miles from Albion. Next, learn about a fun day in Albion.

Links to websites of places above