Summer Farm Stands now open in your neighborhood

The Summer Farms Stands are open for the summer! DPSCD’s Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and its Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) opened eight farmer’s markets on July 5.

According to OSN’s interim executive director, Sidney Vinson, “The primary objective is to engage the community by offering healthy, affordable food that is grown by DPSCD staff and students on DPSCD grounds and providing complimentary nutrition education materials (i.e. recipes, nutritional handouts, and programming opportunities) to encourage healthy eating at school and students’ households.”

All produce grown at Drew Farm follows DPSCD organic growing practices (i.e. no pesticides). Water and the soil has been tested and cleared for safe growing. All produce sold will be labeled as unwashed in accordance with food safety regulations. All markets will accept cash, credit, debit and EBT/Bridge cards.

DPSCD high school students trained through the DSGC’s farm stand curriculum will assist in operating the markets. After reviewing more than 60 applications and interviewing 25 outstanding DPSCD students, OSN welcomed the following DPSCD high school students to participate in our Farm to School Youth Employment Program this summer!

Students will be trained in urban agriculture, garden maintenance, and entrepreneurial farm stand management. Their training sites will be Drew Farm (located at Drew Transition Center), DPSCD’s 70+ school gardens, Mackenzie Farm, Catherine Ferguson (Chaney) farm site, and our DPSCD farm stand sites (schedule attached- including Eastern Market!). Thanks to our partnership with Drew Transition Center, these high school students will also be working collaboratively on a regular basis with our district’s exceptional students with special needs.

Please see below for our 2017 Cohort:
Zharia Akeem, Renaissance High School ’20
Victoria Downer, Ben Carson High School ’19
Makayla Harris, DCP @ Northwestern High School ’19
Amir Heath, East English Village High School/Randolph CTC ’18
Derek Hightower, Cass Tech High School ’19
Nira Johnson, Renaissance High School ’19
Gabrielle Jordan, Cass Tech High School ‘19
India London, Ben Carson High School ’19
Michael Peeples, Cass Tech High School ’20
Ricki Porter, Cass Tech High School ’20
Tia Smith, Martin Luther King Jr. High School ’18
Dakarai Washington, Renaissance High School ’19

 

Wednesday – Saturday from July 5 – 27, 2017  

Wednesdays: Palmer Park Preparatory Academy – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thursdays: Martin Luther King, Jr. High School – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 & Nichols Elementary-Middle School – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Fridays: Drew Transition Center – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Saturdays: Market on the Ave – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday – Saturday from August 1 – 30, 2017

Tuesdays: Eastern Market – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: Islandview Farmer’s Market – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays: NW Detroit Farmer’s Market – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Fridays: Drew Transition Center – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Saturdays: Market on the Ave – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to take on leadership roles and make a positive impact in the community and provide access to healthy foods,” stated Monica DeGarmo, program manager of the Detroit School Garden Collaborative.

The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is a Farm to School initiative comprised of Drew Farm, a two-acre farm and 82 school garden sites. Each site features six raised garden beds. Drew Farm consists of six, 96 square foot hoop houses which produces thousands of pounds of various greens, root vegetables, non-GMO sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and other produce.

Cass Technical High School will dismiss early today at Noon due to a building problem.

Join us for Family Saturday at the Children’s Museum

DPSCD presents Family Heritage Celebration, a Family Saturday event exclusively for DPSCD students and families on Saturday, July 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Detroit Children’s Museum!

Students and families will explore the gallery of more than 7,000 historical artifacts, engage in planetarium shows, create a Transformers Silverbolt stick puppet, learn through imaginative play and join other families for an old school soul train showdown!

Did you know that the Detroit Children’s Museum, which is only open to DPSCD families, is the third oldest children’s museum in the country? Learn more about the museum here. 

Save the date for the DPSCD Summer Festival

Gather your friends and family to visit Drew Farm on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) summer festival to encourage health and wellness.

The event will feature a tour on the grounds of Drew Farm, cooking demos, recycling lessons, yoga, dance, bicycle repairs and an opportunity for attendees to weed and/or harvest the farm and keep their harvested crops at no charge.

“This is another opportunity to open our doors to students, families and the community to experience the farm from a different perspective and support our DPSCD work training students who are growing the Drew Farm produce and leading the workshops at this family-friendly event,” said Monica DeGarmo, DSCG program manager.

 

Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Tropical Smoothie Demos (provided by DPSCD staff) – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Yoga Lesson (provided by DPSCD staff) – 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Hustle Dance Lesson (provided by DPSCD staff) – 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Cooking Demos (provided by DPSCD staff) – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Bike Repairs (provided by Back Alley Bikes) – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Recycling Lesson (provided by Green Living Science) – 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

 

The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is a Farm to School initiative comprised of Drew Farm, a two-acre farm and 82 school garden sites. Each site features six raised garden beds. Drew Farm consists of six, 96 square foot hoop houses which produces thousands of pounds of various greens, root vegetables, non-GMO sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and other produce.

DPSCD authorizes 3 former EAA charter schools

The Detroit Public Schools Community District has issued a charter contract to the Michigan Educational Choice Center (MECC), a charter school that was previously authorized by the Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA).

The MECC consists of Murphy Academy, Stewart Academy and Trix Academy. All three schools were previously operated by Detroit Public Schools before being transferred to the EAA.

The three schools will be managed by Phalen Leadership Academies. They have a one-year charter contract.

DPSCD also issued new charter contracts to MacDowell Preparatory Academy, Rutherford//Winans Academy and Capstone Academy, which added a third site to serve the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Ross-Hill Academy was closed on June 30.

DPSCD 2017 graduating seniors earned more than $170 million in scholarships and grants

Congratulations to the senior class of 2017! They earned $170,074,027 in scholarships and grants throughout the 2016-2017 school year, nearly $6 million higher than that earned for the 2015-2016 school year.

The increase in offered scholarships and grants reflects the hard work and dedication of DPSCD students and teachers; We also want to acknowledge the support of college support staff, counselors and parents who all play an integral part in our students’ success.

“The Office of Guidance and Counseling appreciates the financial knowledge base and tools the school counselors and college transition advisors provide,” says Dr. Barbara K. Smith, Director of the Office of Guidance and Counseling. “Their support and persistence ensures college is affordable for our students. 2016-2017 set a record-breaking year for scholarship and grant offers since my first year as Director in 2011.”

Academic scholarships account for more than $75 million earned by DPSCD students while athletic scholarships attribute to nearly $29 million. Other organizations and foundations have offered close to $25 million in scholarships over the 2016-2017 school year. The total amount of grants offered to DPSCD students, including TIP, Pell and Michigan Merit is $35 million.

 

2017 high school graduate accepts firefighter position with Detroit Fire Department

Cortez Wilform, a 2017 graduate from the Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody, started his firefighting career with the Detroit Fire Department on July 10. Cody MCH offers a college prep curriculum and co-educational environment to prepare Cortez and other students alike for careers after high school. The two-year pilot program in collaboration with DFD launched in the fall of the 2015-2016 school year in hopes to train students as certified firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Cortez earned his certificate this spring and began putting his education to use just weeks after graduating high school. Congratulations and good luck, Cortez!

Western International is closed today due to a building issue

Dr. Vitti and Mayor Duggan announce 16 DPSCD schools to serve as rec centers

  •  16 DPSCD schools to become Summer Fun Centers, expand City’s Rec Center locations from 11 to 27
  • Five-week pilot could become long term strategy for filling void left by mass closure of City Rec centers more than a decade ago
  • Families can view an interactive map of Rec Center locations, registration is required

Starting next week, Detroit children ages 6 to 17 will have more than twice the current number of recreation center options across the city offering a range of free activities, thanks to an innovative new partnership between the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).

Mayor Mike Duggan, members of the Detroit City Council, and DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti today announced that from July 10 through August 11, the school district will open 16 Detroit Summer Fun Centers across the City of Detroit, in every City Council district.

When added to the City’s existing 11 fulltime Recreation Centers, Detroit families will have 27 locations to pick from this summer – the largest number operated by the City in more than a decade.  After the five-week pilot has ended, the City and DPSCD will evaluate the approach as a possible long-term solution toward filling the recreation center gap that has existed in many neighborhoods for more than a decade.

“Detroiters all remember when rec centers across this city shut down. If we are going to build a stronger Detroit, we’ve got to focus on creating safe spaces for our youth and opportunities for them to be successful,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. “Thanks to our partnership with DPSCD, we hope to provide Detroit children with a safe space to play right in their neighborhoods. The DPSCD team has been a great partner in this effort and we appreciate their leadership in making these schools available to the children in our community,” the Mayor added.

DPSCD helps Detroit fill “recreation gap”

The City of Detroit shut down 16 recreation centers due to funding cuts from 2006-2013.  In order to provide more recreation opportunities for Detroit children this summer, the City approached DPS officials about partnering to provide Detroit youth more options more quickly. The cost of the five-week program is approximately $625,000 or about $40,000 per location for the summer.

“When the mayor’s team approached us with this concept we moved with a sense of urgency to ensure that as many students as possible continued to have access to a safe and productive learning environment while parents and caregivers work over the summer,” said Dr. Vitti. ‎ “I believe this is the first of many partnerships between the city and school district to better utilize and share resources to support our students and communities.”

To provide a safe and fun environment for children at all 16 Summer Fun Centers, as well as its 11 traditional recreation centers, the City of Detroit has hired 190 Play Leaders and supervisory staff to provide adult oversight and structure to the programming.

Hours, Locations and Activities

The following 16 Summer Fun Centers will be available Monday-Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm. They will be staffed and programmed by the city and DPSCD will provide security and custodial staff.  Programming will include access to indoor and outdoor athletic opportunities, arts & crafts, media centers and more.  The centers also will provide three meals throughout the day to participants.

2017 Summer Fun Centers

1.       Brenda Scott Academy

2.       Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School

3.       JR King Academic & Performing Arts

4.       Western Int’l High School

5.       East English Village High School

6.       Cooke Elementary School

7.       Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School

8.       Carver STEM Academy

9.       Henry Ford High School

10.   Gompers Elementary-Middle School

11.   Pasteur Elementary

12.   Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy

13.   Cody High School Bldg

14.   Gardner Elementary School

15.   Carstens Elementary School

16.   Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy

Registration Required.

The In-School Rec Centers are available to Detroit children only. Parents must register their children online or they can register in person at any of the 16 DPSCD Detroit Summer Fun Centers.

DPSCD Student interns gain valuable experience with farm stands this summer

DPSCD SUMMER FARM STANDS

We are pleased to announce after reviewing over 60 applications and interviewing 25 outstanding DPSCD students, we are thrilled to congratulate the following DPSCD high school students who will be participating in our Farm to School Youth Employment Program this summer!

Students will be trained in urban agriculture, garden maintenance, and entrepreneurial farm stand management. Their training sites will be Drew Farm (located at Drew Transition Center), DPSCD’s 70+ school gardens, Mackenzie Farm, Catherine Ferguson (Chaney) farm site, and our DPSCD farm stand sites (schedule attached- including Eastern Market!). Thanks to our partnership with Drew Transition Center, these high school students will also be working collaboratively on a regular basis with our district’s exceptional students with special needs.

Please see below for our 2017 Cohort:
Zharia Akeem, Renaissance High School ’20
Victoria Downer, Ben Carson High School ’19
Makayla Harris, DCP @ Northwestern High School ’19
Amir Heath, East English Village High School/Randolph CTC ’18
Derek Hightower, Cass Tech High School ’19
Nira Johnson, Renaissance High School ’19
Gabrielle Jordan, Cass Tech High School ‘19
India London, Ben Carson High School ’19
Michael Peeples, Cass Tech High School ’20
Ricki Porter, Cass Tech High School ’20
Tia Smith, Martin Luther King Jr. High School ’18
Dakarai Washington, Renaissance High School ’19


JULY 5TH-JULY 27TH

WEDNESDAYS
Palmer Park Preparatory Academy

1:00 – 3:00 pm
3901 Margareta (1 block east of Livernois)

THURSDAYS
Martin Luther King Jr. High School 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

3200 E. Lafayette (corner of Larned)

Nichols Elementary-Middle School

1:00 – 3:00 pm 3000 Burns

FRIDAYS
Drew Transition Center
3:00 – 4:30 pm
9600 Wyoming (enter at Chicago)

SATURDAY, July 8th
Market on the Ave
12:00-5:00pm
Livernois & Florence- across from UDM

More dates will be posted soon!

Contact (313) 651-3457 or garden.program@detroitk12.org for more information!