Habitat for Humanity, Lear Corporation, and General Motors continue partnership with Clark Preparatory Academy to revitalize neighborhood, strengthen educational pathways

Representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Lear Corporation, and General Motors met at Clark Preparatory Academy on Saturday, October 20, 2012 for a brief luncheon.

Several business and community members spent the afternoon working to rehabilitate homes in the Morningside Community as part of an ongoing neighborhood revitalization program.

In February, the Morningside Community was targeted by Habitat for Humanity and General Motors for housing rehabilitation. General Motors Chairman and CEO Daniel F. Akerson also announced a $1 million personal gift for the community redevelopment efforts.

In June, Lear Corporation and Detroit Public Schools announced a comprehensive new three-year Student Tutoring Program at Clark Preparatory Academy to strengthen educational pathways and lifelong learning.

One hundred East English Village Preparatory Academy high school students will travel four days each week to neighboring J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy beginning this fall under an innovative paid tutoring program aimed at raising student achievement and supporting successful transitions to high school.

The three-year, $1.5 million project, jointly developed by the schools’ principals, district academic leadership, Lear Corporation and partners, is being funded by Lear Corporation. The program will annually involve several hundred children on both sides of the tutoring equation. The partnership additionally will address computer resources at Clark, provide mentoring by Lear executives to the schools’ principals and support neighborhood efforts to improve the physical environment around the schools.

The Clark Student Council, sponsored by 8th Grade Teacher Ms. Stacee Smith, also painted the Clark Girls Restroom as part of their Community Service projects.

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