Last night, Staples Tuition Grants handed out $304,000 in scholarships to 113 high school seniors, and graduates already in college.
The event marked 75 years of STG financial help. It’s always uplifting and warm — a celebration of promise, purpose and community.
As usual, the Staples library was packed with recipients, donors, and proud family members and teachers.
But this time, there were younger faces.
The first-ever Saugatuck Elementary School Community Award was given. It’s a project of the school’s Caring Council — 4th and 5th graders who volunteer for philanthropic causes — and they were there to see “their” honoree.
They and their classmates walked a combined 2,501 miles this year, in a fundraising effort. They mapped their miles “across the USA,” with “stops” at universities attended by their teachers.
Caring Council members who attended last night’s ceremony were thrilled to meet awardee Case Videler. An SES graduate himself — now headed to the University of Delaware — he embodies the Caring Council mission.
Saugatuck El and Staples Tuition Grants share even more ties than Case, though.
This year’s 13th annual walk-a-thon kicked off with a speech by DARE officer Ned Batlin — a former STG recipient.
And a powerful video celebrating the organization’s 75th anniversary was created by Westport’s own Doug Tirola — a former SES parent.
It was a night that the 113 scholarship recipients will always remember.
And one that some future grads — members of Staples High’s classes of 2025 and 2026 — won’t forget either.
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