Albion students had a great start to the school year with the local NAACP sponsored
Back-to-School Celebration at Harrington School.
Cosponsoring were Albion Community Foundation, Albion’s Big Read, Play Right
Sports Academy and Orchards Children’s Services.
About 400 attendees celebrated the new 2022-23 school year in an outdoor event . This
year over 140 parents or guardians participated in the celebration aimed at school readiness.
Over 215 students received supply-filled backpacks along with grade-specific supplies. The
event was open to all Albion students.
NAACP Education Committee Chair Mae Ola Dunklin said, “We are very aware of the
struggles schools are enduring because of various obstacles including teacher and staff shortages.
By having necessary supplies in our students’ hands we hope to encourage and motivate them to
always work hard and come to the classroom prepared to work.”
The event was also designed to show support for the Harrington teachers as they began
their new year, Dunklin stated.
Dunklin said without the support of so many organizations and individuals the
celebration would not have been a success. She stated that there were a record number of
partners at this year’s event.
COVID vaccinations, childhood immunizations, children’s health screenings and family
health information displays were on-site. Health and wellness partners include the Calhoun
County Health Department, Grace Health, Summit Pointe, CareWell Services, Albion Health
Care Alliance, Battle Creek YMCA, Fountain Clinic, Community Gardens and Albion Interfaith
More partners included Forks Senior Center, Albion Scouting-Cub Scouts, Albion Sister
City, Fritz Schumer Center for Teacher Development, Alpha Kappa Sorority Psi Kappa Omega
Chapter, Head Start, Innovate Albion, Spicer-Williams Foundation, South Central Michigan
Food Bank, Albion Department of Public Safety, Neighborhood One of Battle Creek, Bohm
Theatre, Albion District Library, American Association of University Women, Albion First
United Methodist Church, Caring Community Church, Ludington Center, First Baptist Church,
Albion Fellows, Kellogg Community College, Harrington’s Parent Organization and individual
As a surprise the Albion College football team attended the event and interacted with
students and the family-centered celebration.
The annual event was coordinated by the NAACP Education Committee under the
leadership of Mae Ola Dunklin. Members are Jessica Kane, Nels Christiansen, Jess Roberts,
Bernice Wyrick, Eddie Williams, Kay Knight, Vivian Davis, Keena Williams, Hazel Lias and
PHOTO CAPTION: Students and parents line up for the start of the NAACP Back-to-School
Celebration to kick-off the new school year. The annual event is to promote school success and
provide essential school supplies for Albion students.