The letter below was shared with local Up North business in the Fall of 2017,

and tells the story of SMA's Shop Local Program.


Life changes quickly. In the blink of an eye, we go from pushing strollers downtown to driving a “taxi” in pursuit of our family’s athletic, educational, musical, civic, spiritual, and recreational interests.

What doesn’t seem to change? The parade of donation requests from the organizations offering these fantastic opportunities so they may continue to enhance our community and help make it the exceptional place we are blessed to call “home.”    

Who else makes our community great? You, our local businesses. And we need to support you, too. With almost half of St. Michael Academy (SMA) families being self-employed, we understand and strive to uphold The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  

One way is by pledging to approach community partners with creative, mutually beneficial ideas to consider when requesting their support. Opening a small Catholic high school in northern Michigan would not have been possible otherwise. We are pleased to share that, even in our short existence, at least three families credit St. Michael Academy as an important deciding factor in moving to this area.

Borrowing from Brett Moore, an SMA founding student and recent graduate, “It’s our choices that ultimately define us.” A true statement, whether referring to self or community and a reason why SMA created Shop Local First So Local Lasts©—a public service campaign to remind us all to, simply, check out our local businesses before shopping on-line. This choice, made even once a year in each household, could result in thousands of local transactions and be a defining factor in the future of our community.

We hope our purple and gold Shop Local First© signs, when placed in storefronts and at checkouts, inspire locals and visitors alike all to consider value over price and fellowship over perceived convenience.

Thank you in advance for your consideration to display our Shop Local First So Local Lasts© card. When we help each other, we all succeed.

...And when we’re chatting with that local sales clerk, life just might slow down, even for a minute.

Kind Regards,
Marie Law
Advancement, St. Michael Academy

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