This year, a portion of the donated funds is supporting is a community display of a historical research project conducted by Salem High School teacher Darrin Silvester and his students. The project focuses on the historical impact of Central Middle School and the graduates of the previously known Plymouth High School.
Silvester and his students are excited the grant allows them to present their work in a format that makes it useful to the entire community. The grant will be used to purchase museum quality display boards to display the students’ work, and also will give more accessibility of town history to the public. Silvester’s class project provided students the opportunity to build upon skills to create an exhibit for everyone to see.
“The grant from Community Financial is helping to honor the great work that Plymouth High School graduates have done in Plymouth and the rest of the nation” Silvester said. “We are excited to share what we have found. There has been great work done here for more than 150 years and we want to share it with the community.”
Community Financial is proud to be able to give back to the community in a way that sets our communities up for brighter futures.
“Our local schools are the backbone of strong communities here in Michigan and so we feel it is important to give back to the communities that have been so good to us,” Community Financial Marketing Manager Sarah Cousineau said. “This project has a special significance as it is helping to preserve the history of Plymouth, the town where Community Financial started.”
Community Financial has donated a total of $25,500 for Community Shares in 2014. Eight school districts located in southeast and northern Michigan communities have benefited from the charitable program.
“All the work that the students do is not completed in front of me in the classroom with this project. It’s done for everyone. When classroom work can be connected to the community, the better kids are prepared for their futures,” Silvester said.