Detroit Public Schools to launch Volunteer Business Corps in January

Contact:
Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org

Detroit Public Schools is getting ready to launch a new initiative that will create robust partnerships between schools and area businesses to improve academic achievement in the district.

Details of the Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps: Businesses/Organizations Optimizing Learning in Detroit will be announced in January. DPS will work with the business, faith-based and non-profit communities to launch the program, which will provide tutoring, mentoring, school beautification and much more.

The new initiative will join the Volunteer Reading Corps, in which more than 5,700 volunteers have pledged to tutor pre-kindergarten students for one hour each week, as a means to address academic achievement in the district.

A little over a year ago, test scores from the math portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed that Detroit schoolchildren scored the lowest marks in the history of the 40-year test. The results of the reading test, released on May 20, were equally devastating and underscored the fact that even though the district has begun to undertake dramatic reforms in response to the results, far more needs to be done – and the district cannot do it alone.

Organizations that are interested are invited to fill out the online survey. To learn more, e-mail: businesscorps@detroitk12.org or call (313) 870-3799.

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