Letter: STAR, Inc. thanks three Darien High School Graduates

To the Editor:

On behalf of STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, I would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to three recent graduates of Darien High School--Lauren Larizza, Owen Stevens and Olivia Taylor--who spearheaded a project to support STAR, Inc. as part of their senior internship with The Community Fund of Darien.

With their involvement in the Youth Community Fund allocations, these intelligent, kind and proactive interns were aware of STAR’s funding shortfall to complete an important project to benefit toddlers in our community. They were inspired to create and manage a project on The Impact Vine--an online giving platform founded by The Community Fund of Darien to support local nonprofits. Their mission was to raise an additional $750 to purchase iPads and learning software for STAR’s Birth to Three program.

Thanks to their design, social media outreach and follow-up this project has been successfully funded and the new assistive technology will help toddlers with intellectual and developmental delays to improve vocabulary and speech, foster non-verbal communication, learn sign language, develop point and touch skills and to learn shapes, colors and numbers in preparation for preschool.

Having served Darien families since its founding in 1952, STAR, Inc. is most appreciative of the efforts of these fine graduates and the continued generous support of The Community Fund of Darien and all of its donors for creating brighter futures for all the children in the town.

Katie J. Banzhaf

Executive Director

STAR, Inc. Lighting the Way…