Positively Midland updates in brief from the Midland Area Community Foundation

Honoring a legacy.

On January 25th, the MLK Regional Celebration took place at Saginaw Valley State University, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Part of the event included awarding 15 students from the Great Lakes Bay region with scholarships. Each student submitted an essay detailing their efforts to promote Dr. King's message of peace, unity and equality. Attendees heard from our nation's first African American Attorney General, Eric Holder. Congratulations to all scholarship recipients. Keep spreading that message, kids.

Rethinking school suspension.

Sort of the opposite of scholarships... suspensions. When students are suspended from classes, they typically end up sitting at home. The ROCK Center for Youth Development believes that time could be used more wisely. They're offering a suspension alternative, which involves skill-building and mentorship rather than a day off to dwell on the negative. Midland Area Community Foundation provided a $40,000 grant to help launch the program. Bullock Creek, Midland, Coleman and Meridian schools are all participating. One of those programs that makes you wonder why no one thought of it earlier.

Give Local Midland is back on May 2nd.

Midland's first and only 24-hour online fundraiser is coming back for a fourth year on Tuesday, May 2nd. We get excited about endowment funds, so we've invited every local nonprofit agency who holds an endowed fund with the community foundation to participate. We're talking over $230,000. In a single day. The website will probably even work this year. Bottom line: you can positively impact your choice of over fifty nonprofit organizations with your gift on May 2nd. Our annual meeting is also scheduled for this date, so mark your calendars. More details to come.

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