ARISE Detroit!, Detroit Public Schools, Mayor Dave Bing announce new partnership as part of Aug. 4 citywide event including a brand new initiative to adopt 17 schools

AN AMAZING DAY FOR DETROIT

More than 170 Events, Hundreds of Community Organizations, Thousands of People will pitch in to help Motown during ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, Saturday August 4 from Sunup to Sundown

ARISE Detroit!, Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit Public Schools officials announced a new DPS partnership with ARISE Detroit! today, July 18, 2012, as part of the 6th Annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day.

Neighborhoods Day, to be held on August 4, 2012, will feature more than 150 community service and improvement projects across the city, involving hundreds of organizations and thousands of people, including a new partnership that will invite local businesses and community organizations to “adopt” 17 schools.

Details of the DPS/ARISE Detroit! collaboration were announced at Harms Elementary School. This will include creating safe school routes in blighted neighborhoods around schools and various school renovation projects.

“As we all know, the well-being of any community relies heavily on the success of its school system,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools. “If you want to make a difference in the City of Detroit, a great place to start is with Detroit Public Schools. And that has been demonstrated by ARISE Detroit today.”

The 17 school sites that will partner with ARISE Detroit on August 4 include:

Bates Academy, Beckham Academy, Brewer Academy, Dr. Benjamin Carson School for Science and Medicine, Carver Elementary-Middle School, Chrysler Elementary School, Clark Preparatory Academy, Cody Campus, Emerson Elementary-Middle School, Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School, Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Harms Elementary School, Mann Elementary School, Mason Elementary School, Osborn Campus, Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy, and Priest Elementary-Middle School.

“These community partnerships are essential to helping raise student achievement, and come at the perfect time, as we are preparing for our Summer Enrollment Campaign,” Ridgeway added. “These very projects will get our buildings ready for the first day of teaching and learning across the district on September 4, and add to a positive Back-to-School message focused on school pride.”

In addition, Neighborhoods Day will include more than 50 community cleanup projects and numerous health fairs, back to school events and youth activities in neighborhoods all over the city from sun up to sundown.

There will be numerous festivals, educational events, garden planting, and volunteer initiatives with local businesses joining hands with city residents and suburbanites. A large number of churches and faith-based community programs will also participate.

Inspired by the work of ARISE Detroit!, a suburban church also will participate in Neighborhoods Day by launching a new organization called Sunrise Southfield, that will host a community open house at Southfield’s Peace Lutheran Church as part of the day’s activities.

More Neighborhoods Day highlights include:

— Urban Farming: Demolition of vacant homes by the Motor City Blight Busters with help from volunteers to help create Detroit Farm City in northwest Detroit.

-Cleanups: More than 50 neighborhood volunteer cleanup projects by block clubs and various community associations.

-Youth Sports: Youth sports tournaments and exhibitions of all kinds, including the Detroit Tigers Home Town Championships, involving over 900 boys and girls playing baseball and softball; an exhibition by the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program,  a pee wee golf tournament by the Hollywood Golf Institute and a fencing exhibition by  Garde Detroit.

–Back to School Events: Thousands of backpacks with school supplies will be collected and distributed at several sites across the city, including the Back Pack Music Festival at New Center Park. The festival, sponsored by the Backpacking for Success Program, hopes to collect 3,000 back packs over its Aug. 4-5 festival which will feature techno music by such stars as Juan Atkins and Derrick May.

A listing and map of Neighborhoods Day events can be found at www.arisedetroit.org.

 Major sponsors of the sixth annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day are the Skillman Foundation, the Kresge Foundation,  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan,  Waste Management of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan, Comerica Bank, Huntington Bank, PNC Bank, the Erb Foundation, the LEAP project, attorney Joumana Kayrouz, CVS Pharmacy, AFPD,  Black Family Development, Radio One,  the Michigan Chronicle, Detroit Regional News Hub, ATS Educational Services, DMC, the Detroit Media Partnership , My TV 20, Comcast, Dunkin’ Donuts, Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, WWJ Radio and MGM Grand Detroit. Established in 2006 and funded by the Kresge Foundation, ARISE Detroit, is a coalition of more than 400 community groups, churches, block clubs and businesses, promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit. For more information on Neighborhoods Day call 313-921-1955 or visit www.arisedetroit.org. ARISE Detroit! is located at 5555 Conner,  Suite 1233, Detroit, Michigan 48213.

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