Comerica Bank and The Parade Company treat DPS elementary students to Neighborhood Thanksgiving Dinner and parade sneak peek

More than 275 students from Detroit’s Spain Elementary-Middle School enjoyed a sneak peek at the magic behind America’s Thanksgiving Parade® on Nov. 8 at the fourth annual Neighborhood Thanksgiving Dinner, presented by the Comerica Charitable Foundation.

The festivities took place from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Parade Company Studio, in Detroit.

Comerica Cares volunteers assisted in serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the children. Following the feast, students engaged in a behind-the-scenes look at floats being prepared for their trip down Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.

Students also participated in a variety of activities including Thanksgiving arts and crafts projects and had an opportunity to meet some of the award-winning artists behind the parade creations.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students of Spain Elementary-Middle School. We’re excited to bring them the magic of the holiday season and celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving,” said Janice M. Tessier, president of the Comerica Charitable Foundation. “This has been a wonderful partnership between Comerica and the Thanksgiving Parade. We both have rich histories in Detroit and Comerica is proud to build on this tradition through our support of the Neighborhood Thanksgiving Dinner.”

“We are excited to continue our fourth year of hosting students at our Parade Studio,” said Tony Michaels, president & CEO, The Parade Company. “The excitement is contagious from students to Comerica Cares volunteers to our own staff; we’re looking forward to introducing the students to the magic of America’s Thanksgiving Parade and sharing a special meal together.”

About Comerica Bank 
Comerica Bank, with 216 banking centers in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated. Comerica recently completed a $17 million renovation of its building at 411 W. Lafayette in Detroit, which has been renamed Comerica Bank Center and is now the bank’s Michigan Market headquarters. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. To receive e-mail alerts of breaking Comerica news, go to http://www.comerica.com/newsalerts . To find us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares.  Follow us on Twitter at @ComericaCares.

About The Parade Company
Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company is celebrating 86 years of Parade tradition in Detroit which is broadcasted to over 140 markets and cities nationwide. The mission is to fund, create and execute the best family events in metro Detroit. The Parade Company staff, the board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit each year. For more information, visit theparade.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools is creating Centers of Excellence at the district’s 100 schools with the goal of educating students to perform at the highest academic levels. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students, and Academic Blueprints for all parents. Students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks and students in grades 6 and up have access to Netbooks in school. DPS offers an outstanding Fine Arts Program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance. Ongoing advantages include nine new self-governing schools titled, the Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools, and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2012, DPS graduates enjoyed more than $106 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit www.detroitk12.org or call 313-240-4DPS.

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