NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
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Media Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4892 or 313-212-5636

Mark Twain K-8 School received a generous gift recently from basketball legend Michael Jordan! The school was the recipient of a $2500 grant from Michael Jordan’s foundation, Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program. Mark Twain was selected for this grant after middle school math teacher and mentor Madeleine Karcz applied for it in April of this year.

The grant money is used to “award individual teachers for projects that will impact classroom innovation and improve instruction.” At Mark Twain, the grant money will be used to help four of its 8th grade students Taylor Blair, Joshua Harrison, Kaelin Herron, and Micalah Matthews gain access to the Michigan Virtual School. This is a fully accredited high school program that is administered by the Michigan Virtual University. These four students were chosen because they have consistently exceeded grade level expectations in math! From now on, when their class goes to math, these four students will head to the media center where they will take part in an interactive class with students from across the state. All four students have aspirations to attend DPS’ top college-prep high schools and Karcz believes that this grant will enable them to “take advanced math courses or even dual-enrollment college credit courses in high school.”

The Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program was born out of a belief Michael Jordan had that “education is the key to opportunity and to building commitment among students to the core values which foster personal excellence and achievement.” For more information about Jordan Fundamentals visit

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