Compuware Corporation, an official Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps partner, held an End-of-the-Year Celebration for Marcus Garvey students on May 18, 2012 at the Compuware Headquarters.
All middle school students from Marcus Garvey Academy attended the event. City Year volunteers gave a “Power Greet” to students as they arrived to the building with songs and dancing.
Students then heard from Compuware executives, including Denise Starr, Chief Administrative Officer, and engaged in fun activities such as a “Body Pride” rap sing-along, technology exercise, photos with Detroit Lions player Don Carey, mascots Roary, Paws, and Ronald McDonald.
WDIV Local 4 News Anchor Rhonda Walker delivered the keynote address on “What It Takes to be An All-Star” by giving students advice on how to be successful and make smart choices.
“This is a very special relationship that Compuware has with Marcus Garvey,” Walker said to the students. “You are very fortunate to have such a large corporation care this much about your school. It is not normal for a business to invest this much time into a local school, but they do it because they want you to succeed.”
Walker urged the students to make good decisions now and to carry those good habits into adulthood.
“Make the decision to make good choices now,” she said. “Having a successful life is not hard if you make good decisions. And one of the best choices you can make this early in your life is to go to college.”
“A college degree is one of the most important tools that you’ll need to become successful, and no one can take that away from you,” Walker added. “That should be your priority, and it actually starts now with staying focused on your goals and getting the best grades possible.”