Wayne Elementary receives donation from Chrysler UAW Vice President Norwood Terrell and the “Making our Children Smile” program

UAW-Chrysler and the Making Our Children Smile (MOCS) charity partnered with Wayne Elementary School on Tuesday, December 17 to fulfill the school’s holiday wish list.

Items included:
325 new winter coats
325 new winter boots
325 pairs of gloves
325 hats
650 pairs of socks
650 packs of personal items
Six programs of Rosetta Stone (Spanish)

Cafeteria/gym face lift:
New lunch tables, painting, refreshed backboards

Future spring commitment:
Play field face lift

On behalf of Wayne Elementary, our new partner, Chrysler UAW and the MOCS program, we all wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with exciting learning opportunities for our students.

Submitted by: Pamela Askew, Principal, Wayne Elementary School

DPS students participate in Barbara Bush Foundation “Teen Trendsetters” program

An anonymous donor through The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy recently partnered with Detroit Public Schools to offer the “Teen Trendsetter” program. At 12 schools, 150 DPS teens mentor one student each through a hands-on, reading program allowing teens to mentor elementary students in grades first through third.

The first, second and third graders have an opportunity to take part in a program that supports them as they read through the sciences, resulting in improved reading skills, an interest in science, higher reading scores and confident learning. Meanwhile, teens receive the opportunity to spend one-on-one time reading each week with their young mentees and bonding over books.

DPS locations include:
Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School
Carstens Elementary-Middle School at Remus Robinson
Clark Preparatory Academy
Earhart Elementary-Middle School
Fisher Magnet Upper Academy
Fisher Magnet Lower Academy
Gompers Elementary-Middle School
Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School
Marcus Garvey Academy
Maybury Elementary School
Palmer Park Preparatory Academy
Western International High School

Bennett Elementary hosts Detroit Red Wings “School Assembly Program”

IMG_2133Students in grades second through fifth at Bennett Elementary School participated in the Detroit Red Wings “School Assembly Program” on Thursday, December 11. The assembly was designed to introduce students to the sport of hockey and increase awareness about the importance of having a good education, achieving a healthy and active lifestyle and a special message on anti-bullying.

The Red Wings School Assembly team played various games such as Red Wings trivia, a hockey stick relay race and a fun face-off between teachers and students during a hockey shootout competition. The Red Wings Foundation also donated two full sets of street hockey equipment to Bennett’s physical education program.

The assembly was presented by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Michigan Education Savings Program and the Kroger Co. of Michigan.

Click here to learn more about the Detroit Red Wings “School Assembly Program!”

Holiday sale at Charles R. Drew

The Charles R. Drew Horticulture Program hosted a Holiday Sale on Wednesday, December 10. The sale featured the center’s special “door swag” decorations, porch and window pots, Charlie Brown Trees, small decorative table trees and more!

Hats, Gloves and Love Give-a-way at Mason

Mason Elementary-Middle School hosted a “Hats, Gloves and Love” give-a-way on Saturday, December 6. More than $3,000 in coats, hats and gloves were distributed. Donuts, coffee and tea were also supplied to Mason community members. The event was sponsored in partnership by the Doors of Success LLC, RISE Corporation, MGM Grand, Target Corporation, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Lids.

Bunche donates more than $500 to Susan G. Komen and Karmanos Cancer Institute

Bunche Preparatory Academy recently raised more than $500 for the Susan G. Komen and Karmanos Cancer Institute. The school presented a check to the organizations on Tuesday, December 2.

Get into the season at the sixth annual PSL Holiday Hoops Classic at Renaissance High

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Fans, friends and families are encouraged to warm up to the holiday spirit by watching the high school basketball season heat up at the sixth annual Detroit Public School League Holiday Hoops Classic Friday and Saturday Dec. 26-27 at Renaissance High School, 6565 Outer Drive, Detroit.

Hoops Classic photoFeaturing 10 big games over two festive days, the PSL Hoops Classic will tip off five boys’ games on Friday and four boys’ games and one girls’ game Saturday, showcasing stellar teams from the PSL and from as far away as Chicago. Admission is $10 for an all-day ticket that can be purchased at the door.

The lineup — Friday, Dec. 26: CMA vs. Community 11 a.m.; Cass Tech vs. Farmington 1 p.m.; Mumford vs. Southfield Lathrup 3 p.m; Ford vs. Allen Academy 5 p.m.; Renaissance vs. University Prep 7 p.m; Saturday, Dec. 27: Osborn vs. Harper Woods 11 a.m.; King vs. Harper Woods Chandler Park 1 p.m.; (girls) King vs. Chicago Crete-Monee 3 p.m.; East English Village vs. Southfield 5 p.m.; Western vs. Westland John Glenn 7 p.m.Hoopsphoto

Detroit Lions Linebacker Stephen Tulloch continues “Operation 55 Adopt a School” at Carleton & Clark

Stephen Tulloch, Linebacker for the Detroit Lions, continued his “Operation 55 Adopt a School” program on Tuesday, December 16 at Carleton Elementary School and J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy. Tulloch and his team from the Stephen Tulloch Foundation delivered laptops, tablets, children’s books and more during an in-school assembly at both schools.

Operation 55 was launched in 2011 when Tulloch signed with the Detroit Lions. Tulloch personally selected 55 schools from across the city and is helping grant the wishes of the hardworking teachers and staff by donating books, laptops, tablets, iPads, learning programs, athletic equipment and more. The purpose of the program is to support students in need and give children throughout the Metro Detroit area an opportunity to come to Detroit Lions’ home games to experience a game day with Tulloch. To learn more about the Stephen Tulloch Foundation, visit tulloch55.com

Youth Development Commission partners with Detroit Public Schools, Detroit PAL and others to develop scholar athletes in Detroit

Coaching for College Initiative Unveiled to Promote Academic and Athletic Achievement

IMG_4185DETROIT – Youth Development Commission, along with partners Detroit Public Schools, Education Achievement Authority, Detroit PAL, GradeCheck, Wayne State University VAC Training Program, Maximum Output Track Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, local coaches, as well as former college and retired professional athletes, announced a collaborative relationship to develop student athletes in Detroit and help them prepare for the next level through the Coaching for College initiative.

A formal press conference took place on Tuesday, December 16 at the Youth Development Commission.

“We are very excited about this program to help develop student athletes in Detroit and help prepare them for the next level,” said Donna Givens Williams, President of Youth Development Commission. “Athletes learn many valuable lessons while on their field of play, we want to make sure they are prepared and can translate those skills beyond sports. They need to be prepared for college. They need to be prepared for their careers. They need to be prepared for life.”

Currently, only 33% of NCAA-evaluated student athletes in Detroit are academically eligible to play at the college level. There is a great need for coaches, parents, teachers, schools, and other partners to not only prepare student athletes for NCAA-eligibility but to prepare them for the next level of education and careers.

“At Detroit Public Schools, we are excited to be one of the founding partners of Coaching for College,” said Alvin Ward, Executive Director of the Office of Athletics for Detroit Public Schools. “We all have one goal in mind: To help ensure our middle and high school students are fully prepared for college, careers and beyond through wrap-around services that will engage not only our athletic departments, but the City of Detroit and dozens of community organizations.”

Student athletes must be supported as students first with high academic goals and career goals beyond sports. The Coaching for College program will:

  • Implement community standards for academic achievement and character development of student athletes
  • Train coaches to influence student achievement on and off the field
  • Build parent and student awareness
  • Establish ranking standards for programs
  • Promote health and wellness initiatives to help prevent or exacerbate injuries
  • Administer mini-grant funds to incentivize teams and programs that adhere to these standards

As a result of this program, the partnering organizations expect to see an increased rate of NCAA eligible athletes coming out of Detroit schools. Student athletes will also improve their academic performance, as well as be an example of character, citizenship, college matriculation and persistence to their peers.

“If we can’t develop students academically, socially, emotionally as well as athletically, then we’re doing a disservice to our kids,” said Robert Giles, Jr., Athletic Consultant, Education Achievement Authority. “Coaching for College is one major step to help with the overall development of our student athletes in Detroit.”

Coaching for College will hold a community summit in February 2015 and community forums throughout the year in order to inform and engage more students in the city of Detroit about this program.

Coaching for College will require a community-wide effort to ensure its success. Volunteer mentors, tutors and supporting partners are welcome to contact Youth Development Commission by visiting www.ydcdetroit.org/C4C or calling 313-963-8916. 

About Youth Development Commission:

Youth Development Commission, formerly known as the Youth Sports and Recreation Commission, is a nonprofit youth-oriented organization providing college and career readiness programs and services to students in Detroit. Since 1994, Youth Development Commission has been assisting youth with summer and year-long employment programs, sports and recreational opportunities, after-school activities, as well as academic skills training, test preparedness, college financial aid research and character development.  Youth Development Commission is also a pioneer in providing capacity building training to youth serving organizations in Metro Detroit. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations and volunteer labor allow Youth Development Commission to continue serving more youth in Detroit. For more information please visit www.ydcdetroit.org or call (313) 963-8916.


About Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools is creating Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students. New this year, arts/music and sports leagues for boys and girls are being offered at every elementary/middle school. Prekindergarten offerings have been expanded to 70 schools across the district for all qualified 4-year-olds. Twenty-one schools are now open as Community Schools, offering extended hours and services. Students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks and students in grades 6 and up have access to Netbooks in school. An outstanding Fine Arts program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance is also offered. Ongoing advantages include eight parent resource centers, Parent University and additional parenting programs, enhanced safety initiatives, a district-wide Customer Service focus, nine Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2014, DPS graduates earned $138 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit www.detroitk12.org or call 313-240-4DPS.


About Education Achievement Authority

The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is a reform district created via a 2011 inter-local agreement between Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University. The EAA oversees 15 schools — nine elementary/middle schools (of which three are charter schools) and six high schools.


About Detroit PAL

Detroit PAL is a nonprofit organization positively impacting the lives of nearly 11,000 children each year through athletic, academic and leadership development programs with roots dating back to 1969. Detroit PAL empowers the community by training volunteer coaches and creating safe places for kids to play. Each year, Detroit PAL teaches nearly 1,500 caring community members how to be encouraging and effective mentors.


About Grade Check Foundation

GradeCheck provides students and their parents the ability to understand current academic performance, set goals for improvement and monitor performance against those goals to ensure that each student has the opportunity to fully engage in higher education and its rewards. GradeCheck also provides academic support services for clients through a “high-tech, high-touch” approach. GradeCheck.net is a web-based application that gives students, parents and educators visibility to students’ current academic status, accountability to map future academic plans and the empowerment to recognize the opportunities that are available to all students.  Incorporated into the GradeCheck.net site are key metrics surrounding core course requirements for high school graduation, weekly progress tracking, test scores and eligibility status for college scholarships and acceptance, to name a few.

Pajama Breakfast with Santa

Early Intervention Diagnostic Center hosted a “Pajama Breakfast with Santa” event on Wednesday, December 17. Families were invited to join in on an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with Santa. Parents brought their children in their finest pajamas to join Santa for breakfast.

About Early Intervention
Early Intervention is a program that provides education services to infants and toddlers experiencing development delays or children with an established physical or mental condition.