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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer of Sharing Donation Helps Local Academy for Second Consecutive Year

Community Financial Credit Union has been actively involved in building stronger communities and enhancing the lives of its members for more than 64 years. When Starkweather Academy in Plymouth wanted to jumpstart a music program last year, Community Financial Credit Union was there to help the school afford musical instruments and a PA system.

For the second consecutive year, Starkweather Academy is one of the recipients of our Summer of Sharing program, which donates $1,000 a day for 60 days to local charities. This year the grant will be used to help buy around 100 books for the Academy that Starkweather teacher Emily Szachta says will help the students immensely.

“This year we identified the need for more contemporary reading material,” Szachta said. “I’m really looking forward to going on a shopping spree so that our students aren’t just reading books written long before they were born.”

Gaining community support for Starkweather Academy can be difficult, because the school is not as visible as the more traditional high schools in the area. Szachta says having partners like Community Financial is critical to the success of Starkweather Academy. “We couldn’t afford new supplies without the help of organizations like Community Financial,” said Szachta.

Community Financial has been actively involved at the school for the past three years through the Student-Run Credit Union Program and by providing financial presentations to students. Starkweather Academy Alternative High School promotes lifelong learning by offering a comprehensive educational program that addresses the individual goals of each student. The roughly 200 students that attend the school are mostly from the Plymouth-Canton and Livonia school districts.

Community Financial is proud to have donated $300,000 through our Summer of Sharing program since 2011. This year, the 2015 campaign runs through the end of August. To learn more about the Summer of Sharing and to see all of the organizations we’ve helped this summer visit

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