DPS Emergency Financial Manager issues call for volunteers to give Communication and Media Arts High School a makeover

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb on Thursday issued a call for community volunteers to help transform Communication and Media Arts High School for a national TV show that will air this fall.

The school was selected to receive a building makeover as part of the new NBC reality TV show “School Pride.” The series, from Horizon Alternative Television, is executive produced by Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Denise Cramsey (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”).

“There are some exciting changes in store for CMA, but with only seven days to make everything happen, I am counting on the entire community to help,” Bobb said. “The producers have told me that other cities have marshaled as many as 4,500 volunteers to transform their schools. I know we can exceed that number in Detroit, but it will take the commitment of our students, families, alumni, business and charitable communities and more to make this happen.”

To date, more than 500 volunteers have signed up through www.schoolpridevolunteers.com. Large groups or people who want to donate goods or services may call (313) 873-4542.

Volunteers are welcome anytime during the filming on Sunday, August 1, and Saturday, August 7. Each person will receive lunch and a “School Pride” T-shirt. The shifts are: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Noon to 6 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Volunteers are welcome to show their “Detroit Pride” by volunteering one or more of the following days:

Sunday Aug. 1 – DPS Alumni Day
Did you graduate from CMA or any other DPS school? Regardless of when you graduated and which school you graduated from, we want to see you.

Monday Aug. 2 – Detroit Public School League/Detroit Sports Heroes Day
This day is dedicated to the student and professional athletes who, at some point, have called Detroit home.

Tuesday Aug. 3 – Community Day
For churches, non-profit organizations, fraternities, sororities, community groups of all sizes and interests, this is the day to come together to help transform this school’s building.

Wednesday Aug. 4 – Teachers and Students Day
The entire DPS family is encouraged to volunteer on this day. Teachers, students, staff, alumni, Detroit residents and more are welcome.

Thursday Aug. 5 – Corporate Day
This is the chance for the business community to show their Detroit Pride while supporting a school that needs help.

Friday Aug. 6 – Reveal Day
Join the CMA family as we see the results of the community’s efforts. The reveal will take place at approximately 8 a.m. on August 6. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Saturday Aug. 7
The final day of the transformation will include the cleanup of the work site.

About School Pride
The all-new reality series, which premieres Friday, September 24 at 8 p.m. on NBC, empowers communities to take charge and improve their broken schools, motivating students, parents and teachers to renovate their neighborhood educational institutions. Making use of local businesses and skilled local labor, the community will make over classrooms, public spaces, athletic facilities and art and music halls. The changes at the schools will truly be a community effort, as a large number of volunteers from the local area are recruited to work on the transformation effort.

While a team of experts will lend expertise in the makeover process, it’s ultimately up to the students, teachers and community to execute the restoration. “School Pride” cameras will document their progress, revealing multiple surprises along the way and, ultimately, concluding with the unveiling of a brand-new, completely transformed school. Months later, the school will be revisited to determine the effects – such as renewed sense of pride and an increase in student achievement scores – the transformation has ignited. Inspired by a successful revitalization effort in Compton, California, “School Pride” encourages students to take more pride and improve academic achievement through the revitalization of their school and community.

The “School Pride” crew and hosts will document the makeover Aug. 1-7, 2010, and the public is encouraged to sign up to participate or donate goods and/or services to the effort. Volunteers will be needed for tasks ranging from painting and serving food to skilled trades such as electrical and plumbing work.

About CMA
Inside a building that once housed a Catholic school, the students of Communication and Media Arts High School are proving that students in Detroit Public Schools can succeed against all odds. Nearly every member of the class of 2010 is bound for college. This excellent small school, which boasts a 97 percent graduation rate, was originally slated to close this summer due to lack of funds to repair the building. It was saved after being selected to receive significant repairs as part of “School Pride.”

Follow “School Pride” on Twitter @NBCSchoolPride
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To view the trailer, visit www.nbc.com/school-pride/video/school-pride-full-length-trailer/1228317/
To learn more, visit: www.detroitk12.org/school_pride/

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