Chrysler Corporation, ARISE Detroit! and Detroit Public Schools announce community service partnerships for Neighborhoods Day

Local businesses that have adopted schools for Neighborhoods Day, including Chrysler Corporation, Wayne State University, Meijer, PNC Bank, W3R Consulting and Alternatives for Girls put out a call to action today asking others to adopt schools

ARISE Detroit!, Detroit Public Schools and Chrysler Corporation announced today a major community service partnership drive involving dozens of schools as part of the 7th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day event. The press conference was held at Chrysler Elementary School.

Chrysler Corporation has adopted Chrysler Elementary School for ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day. Daphne Harris, Chrysler Group Manager of Civic and Community Relations, spoke during the press conference and called on more leaders from local businesses and community organizations to join them on August 3, 2013 for the city-wide Neighborhoods Day event to help prepare dozens of DPS buildings and classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year.

“ARISE Detroit! is pleased to once again partner with Detroit Public Schools to encourage the community to adopt schools and help our children on Neighborhoods Day,” said Luther Keith, Executive Director of ARISE Detroit!. “We’re thankful to the companies, universities and organizations that have already signed up for community service projects on Aug. 3. We are asking other groups to step up and join them. Every person that gets involved is helping us make a better Detroit.”

“Neighborhoods Day will be the exciting kick-off event for our Back-to-School Campaign,” said Wendy Shirley, Principal of Chrysler Elementary School. “Everyone here today plays a role in the drive to boost enrollment within DPS simply by helping our schools to look their absolute best on the first day of class.”

ARISE Detroit! has taken on the task of partnering each participating school with a community organization or business who will complete projects such as:

  • Refurburshing playground equipment
  • Upgrading libraries
  • Sealing up abandoned homes in the direct vicinity of schools
  • Painting inside and outside of the buildings
  • Beautifying school grounds by planting flowers and shrubs
  • Removing debris
  • Helping to clean the interior and exterior of buildings

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

ARISE Detroit! Partner Schools


About ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day

ARISE Detroit! will host its 7th Annual Neighborhoods Day event on August 3, 2013 from “Sun-Up to Sun-Down” and aims to partner nearly 30 schools with local companies to provide in-kind beautification resources. During the annual event, hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers participate in more than 100 community service projects citywide.

About Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools is creating Centers of Excellence at its nearly 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. An outstanding Fine Arts Program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance is also offered. Ongoing advantages include nine new self-governing schools, Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools, and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2013, DPS graduates earned more than $146 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit or call 313-240-4DPS.

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