DPS Volunteer Business Corps surpasses goal of finding one business or community partner for each school

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

The Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps/B.O.L.D. Program has surpassed its goal of finding one business or community partner for each of the district’s 141 schools. The new corps members will work with their school partners to improve academic achievement and support the district’s rigorous five-year academic plan.

To date, close to 200 entities have stepped forward to partner with schools, including recent signups from Sam’s Club, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, DTE Energy and Detroit Chassis. Other companies that have signed up include Chase and PNC banks, Office Depot, Gardner-White Furniture and Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry. Some organizations have not been a good fit for schools, leaving about 150 that will be paired with schools before the end of the academic year.

“This continues to be a game-changing time for corporate and volunteer support for our schools,” said DPS Assistant Superintendent for Community Relations Steven Wasko. “Programs like this one, the Reading Corps and the DPS Foundation early gifts ultimately are responding to pent-up demand on the part of many seeking to be part of DPS’ current transformation.”

About 60 companies or organizations have sent representatives to training sessions over the last four weeks in preparation for their partnerships. The next training session will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday March 10, 2011, at the Doubletree Fort Shelby Hotel, 525 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested via e-mail to businesscorps@detroitk12.org or by calling (313) 870-3799. Light refreshments will be provided.

To sign up or to learn more, call (313) 870-3799, email businesscorps@detroitk12.org or visit http://detroitk12.org/businesscorps.
For more information on Detroit Public Schools, visit www.ImInDPS.org

Business Corps Partners To Date (Partial Listing)

Lambent Risk Management Services, Inc.
Brown Rehabilitation Management, Inc.
VIP Mentoring
Rickshaw Detroit, LLC
Romail Bradley
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Virtuous Woman of Color Purple
Technology Laboratory & Professional Development Center
Botech Corporation
Barnstormers Flight Support
OmniCare Health Plan Inc.
Preservation of Endangered Mammals
PNC Bank
Circle of Friends Youth Foundation
Community School Connection Inc.
Powerlink Facilities Management Services
Fifth Third Bank
Office Depot
Detroit Impact, Inc.
H&H Landscaping & Snow Removal
CK Elite Protection
Detroit’s Next Generation Inc.
Kaching Kaching
Wright Way Services & Supplies, Inc.
ATTC Enterprise LLC
Detroit Regional Chamber
Healthy Kidz Inc.
Good People Popcorn
Doubletree Fort Shelby
Caring for Families, Inc.
WJBK Fox 2
Johnston & Johnston, LLC
Excellent Schools Detroit
Independent Living housing (Today Youth Program)
Participants of Life Obtaining Goals
Prestige Enterprise Group
Sharon B’s Hosiery Shop
University of Michigan School of Education
Milan Tigers Youth Organization
Operation HOPE
Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
Gardner-White Furniture
FI Girls Organization
Davenport University
Safehaven for Young Teen Mothers & Women
Detroit Lions
Crest Lincoln Mercury Inc.
21st Century Digital Learning Environments
The Gold Mine
Evans Distribution Systems
The Detroit Salt Company
S.O.A.R. Youth Development
T.E.A.M. Pursuit
Sisters Inspiring Sisters Mentoring Group
Michigan State University
RH Stacy and Associates
Education One, CDC
Shavon in the City
Detroit Council PTA
Dust to Life Records LLC
Warrendale Community Organization
Higher Praise Dance Academy
CCW Headquarters
Friends of Detroit City Airport Community Development Corp
Detroit Chassis LLC
Destiny Business Solutions
DMG Distributors LLC
DTE Energy
SOAR Youth Development
Visionary Horizons Natural Health and Massage
Drug Enforcement Administration
Emmanuel Church of God in Christ
Urban Services and Development
Alice’s Place
Campus Cuts Inc.
Sam’s Club
National Building Bridges Area – Mary Kay
MRM Worldwide
Family Service Inc.

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