State Farm Makes Grant to Albion College Education Program
An innovative learning experience for Michigan's future teachers and local children foresees a bright future, thanks to continued major underwriting from State Farm Insurance Companies Foundation. Albion College's Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development has accepted a $20,000 grant from State Farm's foundation to help underwrite its collaboration project with Albion Public Schools.
"State Farm has always sought to help develop the future leaders supporting education—not just the students, but the people educating the students," said Albion State Farm agent Mark Putvin. Alluding to recent Michigan state budgets, he added, "With the cuts in education, it's even more important to help out and impact the lives of young people."
The collaboration project, Boundary Crossings into the Elementary and Secondary Schools, known more commonly as "Maymester," is a unique enrichment opportunity shared by the Albion Public Schools (APS) and the Shurmur Center, part of the Albion College Teacher Education Program.
Throughout the summer and school year, an all-district Maymester theme and curriculum are developed by the collaboration project. Each May, Albion College prospective teachers work under the direction of APS faculty to bring the Maymester experience to more than half of the APS student body.
"We are excited and sincerely appreciative to receive this grant," said Kyle Shanton, chair of Albion College's Education Department. "The Maymester experience provides professional development for APS teachers and prepares Albion College prospective teachers in order to better meet the needs of diverse K-12 students. This year’s theme reflects the College’s focus on health and wellness. And as always, the experience is grounded in the liberal arts and enhances innovative and creative teaching."