450 first-year MBA students at University of Michigan Ross School of Business to spend intensive week focused on education innovation culminating in Back-to-School Fair

Partnerships with Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Parent Network, with support from General Motors, Quicken Loans, Sean Anderson Foundation and Office Depot Foundation

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business and its new class of MBA students are organizing a Back-to-School Fair at Detroit’s Eastern Market on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 3-6 p.m.

The fair will be the culmination of a 4-day program titled the Ross Impact Challenge. Each fall the Ross Leadership Initiative organizes the Ross Impact Challenge for 450 first-year MBA students who arrive in Ann Arbor from all over the world. It is a multi-day, action-based program that engages students with Detroit and introduces them to the Ross mission of developing business leaders who make a positive difference in the world.

The 2013 Ross Impact Challenge will focus on the role of business in innovating education. When MBA students arrive at the beginning of the week, they will learn that they have exactly three days to plan, coordinate, and execute their contribution to the Back-to-School Fair at Eastern Market.  For Ross students, it will be a life-changing educational experience that exposes them to the power of business to be a positive force in communities. It will also introduce them to Detroit as a place to live, work, and engage.

Created in partnership with Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Parent Network, with support from General Motors, Quicken Loans, the Sean Anderson Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation, and Peter and Sharon Faricy, the fair is designed to serve the unique needs of Detroit-area school children and help give them a strong start to the school year. Some 2,500 students and their families are expected to attend the event in Market Sheds 2 and 3.

The announcement of the Back-to-School Fair partnership was made during a press conference on August 8, 2013 at Detroit Public Schools’ Bunche Elementary-Middle School. The fair is part of the DPS month-long Back-to-School Initiative and Detroit Parent Network’s Project Graduation.

General Motors is committed to helping communities across the U.S. by investing in education, health and human services, environment and energy, and community development.

Quicken Loans is committed to helping develop a creative, tech-focused urban core in Detroit where people can live, work, and play.

The Sean Anderson Foundation, created by award-winning recording artist and Detroit Public Schools graduate Sean Anderson, is dedicated to assisting in the education, health, safety, and well-being of Detroit-area, school-aged youth.

U-M Ross, its partners, and sponsors are committed to inspiring Detroit students to start the school year strong and set their sights high. The fair is free and open to the public. It will feature learning opportunities for students and families, entertainment, interactive art, free school supplies, and a range of free educational products and services.

The Office Depot Foundation will be providing colorful, water-resistant sackpacks intended for use by students in grades K-5.  Each sackpack contains a zippered pouch with essential school supplies, including a pen, a pencil, four crayons, a pencil sharpener, an eraser and a ruler.

Transportation to the event will be available through Detroit Parent Network.

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