DPS partners with Howard University students to host “Rally for Education,” concluding Alternative Spring Break program

More than 50 students from Howard University spent their Spring Break vacation at several Detroit Public Schools as part of the university’s 20th Anniversary Alternative Spring Break program.

Instead of enjoying a week on the beach, Howard students spent the week of March 10-14 volunteering at Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science & Technology, the Cody High School campus, Coleman A. Young Elementary School, Adult Education-West Campus and Pulaski Elementary-Middle School.

The goal of this year’s Alternative Spring Break program was to encourage DPS students to begin thinking about college and careers. Howard students led activities such as goal setting, essay writing, group discussions and one-on-one mentoring with high school students. At the elementary level, Howard students tutored DPS students on basic math skills.

To conclude Alternative Spring Break week, a “Rally for Education” was held in the Osborn High School campus gymnasium on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Howard students also helped to coordinate the 1st Annual Osborn MST Rare Diamonds Girls Club “Future First Ladies Tea” Friday. Women who are leaders in the community attended the event to help boost the confidence and self-esteem of young ladies at Osborn to one day become strong, vibrant global leaders.

The Detroit Chapter of the Langston University Alumni Association hosted the Langston University Concert Chorale earlier in the day and also spoke to Osborn students about Langston University as a perspective college choice.

Speakers included:
Jack Martin, DPS Emergency Manager
Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, President, University of Detroit Mercy & Howard alum
Chelsea Gaddis, Howard University student
Tanya Bowman, Osborn MST Principal
Andrea Jackson, Osborn MST College Advisor

Other attending dignitaries included:
Alice G. Thompson, CEO, Black Family Development, Inc.
Melvin Hollowell, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Corporate Counsel
James Tate, Detroit City Council
Conscious Communities Group
Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Team
MST Detroit Rotary Interact Youth Club

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