West Shore Bank helps raise funds for MCC nature center. 

June 21, 2021

West Shore Bank helps raise funds for MCC nature center. 

SCOTTVILLE — Employees of West Shore Bank’s Scottville branch recently raised funds to help with the Mason County Central Ed Malkowski Nature Center, located near the MCC Middle School. The car wash fund raiser, held in Scottville, included 36 vehicles, whose drivers donated $594. The bank matched that amount for a total of $1,188. 

“The nature center is an excellent addition to our community in Scottville. Being on Mason County Central’s campus, students are able to have an outdoor classroom right outside their desks,” said Nancy Sanford, assistant vice president, retail banking officer in Scottville. “Right now students are painting a bridge in the nature center, building birdhouses and cleaning up trails. The bank is proud to support this cause and thanks the Nature Center’s students and teachers for the hard work they are putting in to make this a great community recreation area.”

In 2017, the MCC Board of Education named the nature center after former MCC Middle School Principal Ed Malkowski. Malkowski started working on the nature center in the early 1980s in an empty field just northeast of the middle school. Soil was used to build the middle school, which opened in 1976.

High school teachers Mike Weinert and Rachel Brock have been instrumental in overseeing the restoration of the property, along with board of education member Becky Alway. 

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