Starbucks executives volunteer at Wayne Elementary as part of Volunteer Business Corps partnership


Senior managers from Starbucks operations in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin took a break from their regional meeting to volunteer at Wayne Elementary, the company’s partner under the Detroit Public Schools’ 10-month-old Volunteer Business Corps on Tuesday afternoon.

The DPS Volunteer Business Corps program, creates and supports robust partnerships between DPS schools and area businesses and community organizations to help students improve their academic performance. The program now boasts more than 200 business and community partners, including Quicken Loans, Sam’s club, UBS Financial, Office Depot and Fifth-Third and Chase Banks.

About 25 district and regional managers and their support partners read to students, tutored, helped with gym classes and worked with students on arts and crafts and other activities.

“We’re looking to do this on a quarterly basis and get even more partners into this school,” said Martin Cook, Starbucks Regional Director of Operations for Michigan and Northwest Ohio. “We want to really have Starbucks adopt this school for the future. We’re here to make a difference at Wayne Elementary”

“I’ve adopted this school,” Cook, who began volunteering regularly after participating in a Starbucks Day of Service at the school in April. “I tutor here every Tuesday.

The Starbucks team, along with Lenox Heating and Cooling, donated $1,500 to Front Porch, a neighborhood group that works closely with the school.

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