There’s still time to join the fun! “DPS Saturday” jam-packed with free events for DPS families to enjoy

On Saturday, May 16, Detroit Public Schools’ students, parents, alumni and community supporters are invited to attend four district-wide initiatives that are free and open to the public.

Themed “DPS Saturday,” the events include a day at the Children’s Museum free of charge to all Detroit families; an opportunity to visit and help beautify Camp Burt Shurly, a residential summer camp specifically for DPS students; attending a Learning Garden installation at Sampson Webber Leadership Academy; and a Volunteer Service Day in collaboration with AmeriCorps and the Office of School Nutrition to spruce up the grounds of several Detroit Public Schools.

Schedule of Events

Event: DPS Office of School Nutrition teams up with AmeriCorps for the annual Volunteer Service Day to help spruce up the grounds of five schools

Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Detroit International Academy (DIA) – 9026 Woodward
  • Douglass Academy for Young Men – 2001 W. Warren
  • Drew Transitional Center – 9600 Wyoming
  • Harms – 2400 Central
  • Sampson-Webber – 4700 Tireman

More than 200 volunteers will join forces to spruce up the grounds of several Detroit Public Schools on Saturday, May 16 through the annual Volunteer Service Day coordinated by the DPS Office of School Nutrition.

The Farm and Garden Program of the Office of School Nutrition was selected to partner with AmeriCorps for its annual Volunteer Service Day. Students and adults have been assigned to plant flower beds, install garden beds, paint, plant potatoes, participate in general clean up and more. At the culmination of the event, all volunteers will convene at Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, 2001 W. Warren, for a luncheon.

Event: Learning Garden Installation for the “[sw]LAB NZE Prototype” at Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: 4700 Tireman Ave., Detroit, MI 48204

Lawrence Technological University will host a Learning Garden Installation of the [sw]LAB NZE Prototype on Saturday, May 16 with the district’s current Garden Collaborative Garden Beds and the LTU supplied Rain Garden and Sugar Maple.

Sampson-Webber Lead Teacher Ellen Hoyer, LTU Professor Don Carpenter and other partners are coordinating the garden installation for students, parents, teachers and residents of the Tireman neighborhood to enjoy

Event: DPS alumni and community supporters volunteer to help beautify Camp Burt Shurly; transportation provided for volunteers

Time: 9 a.m – 4 p.m.
Location: A bus for volunteers will depart from Douglass Academy, 2001 W. Warren, MI 48208

On May 16, 2015, Detroit Public Schools alumni, colleagues, and friends have been invited to help with beautification projects at DPS Camp Burt Shurly preparing it for DPS student campers.

More volunteers are needed! Join the DPS Foundation for a day of service, giving back to DPS students. There is no cost to participate. Camp Burt Shurly beautification projects include painting, cleaning and gardening. Camp Burt Shurly is located just 65 miles west of Detroit between Ann Arbor and Chelsea, MI.

The licensed residential summer camp specifically for DPS students between the ages of 8 and 12. At no cost to student families, each year the camp hosts 100 students per week over an eight-week summer camp term, for a total of 800 students. This will be the first camping experience for these students that would otherwise not have the opportunity.

Transportation will be provided along with meals, linens, toiletries and more. Students will enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, arts and crafts, fishing and other activities. Additionally, students will also engage in academic enrichment programs including Math, Science and Reading.


8:45 AM: Volunteers arrive at the Douglass Academy, 2001 W. Warren, MI 48208
9:00 AM: Bus departs promptly from Douglass Academy parking lot
10:15 AM: Arrive at Camp Burt Shurly
4:00 PM: Return to Douglass Academy

More details: Help beautify Camp Burt Shurly

Event: Detroit Children’s Museum to be open for rare FREE public Family Day Saturday with theme of “Things That Fly”

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 6134 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
At the corner of Amsterdam and Second, a few blocks South of the Fisher Building

The Children’s Museum – generally only open to Title 1-eligible children of Detroit Public Schools – will be open to the public thanks to a generous sponsorship from Lawrence Technological University on Saturday, May 16 for a “Family Day and Detroit Public Schools Enrollment Fair.” The event is open to children ages 4-10.

During the hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m., families will be able to explore the theme “Having Fun with Things That Fly!” with activities including:

  • Explore the Gallery and learn about the historical artifacts
  • Engage in Planetarium Shows
  • Make Paper Airplanes
  • Investigate the Museum’s Sound and Music Room
  • Learn to Identify Various Local Birds with a Citizen Scientist
  • Have Fun with Action Figure Zip-lining
  • Construct Bird Houses
  • Experiment with Stomp Rockets

Representatives from a variety of DPS schools, including those considered DPS’ “best kept secrets” and Application schools, will be on hand to answer enrollment questions.

More details on the Free Public Family Day at Detroit Children’s Museum

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