Ultimate Back-to-School Fair at Eastern Market features education stations & products from 450 first-year MBA students at University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Recording artist Big Sean distributed back-to-school supplies!

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business and its new class of MBA students, in collaboration with Detroit Public Schools, hosted a Back-to-School Fair at Detroit’s Eastern Market, Sheds 2 and 3, on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 3-6 p.m. More than 3,000 students and their families attended the event.

Recording artist and Cass Technical High School graduate Sean Anderson, also known as “Big Sean,” distributed school supplies to students from his hometown.

Students and parents enjoyed:

  • Free products, services and educational opportunities designed by U of M students
  • Big Sean distributed sackpacks and back-to-school supplies to Detroit students
  • Free food; Free Neighborhood Bus Pick-Ups from Parent Resource Centers
  • And MORE!

The fair was 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 focused on the role of business in innovating education. When MBA students arrived on campus at the beginning of the week, they learned that they had exactly three days to plan, coordinate, and execute their contribution to the Back-to-School Fair at Eastern Market.  For Ross students, it was a life-changing educational experience that exposed them to the power of business to be a positive force in communities. It also introduced 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 was designed to serve the unique needs of Detroit-area school children and helped give them a strong start to the school year.

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 was part of DPS’ month-long Back-to-School Campaign to showcase the district’s transformed school system that parents and students will experience this fall, including more Pre-Kindergarten classrooms, new Community Schools serving as hubs of their neighborhoods, more Arts and Music enrichment classes, a new Parent University, Career Academies and better customer service – all centered on serving the needs of students and families.

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 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 donated 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. 

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