The Detroit Branch NAACP, Detroit Public Schools, Black Family Development, Inc. and the DTE Energy Foundation partnered to present the Back to School/Stay in School Education Day at Delores Bennett Park on Friday, August 30.
Hundreds of students received backpacks stuffed with back-to-school supplies. Activities for students included a moonwalk, obstacle course, basketball court, sack races, games, face painting, music, entertainment and more!
Free lunch was provided on a first come, first served basis.
The Back to School/Stay in School Education Day was created in response to the alarming high school dropout rates across the city of Detroit. The program’s goals are to increase the number of African American youth graduating from high school by providing them with mentoring, tutoring, remedial assistance and incentives for maintaining regular attendance. This event attracts thousands of participants each year.
The event is also part of Detroit Public Schools’ 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.