DPS Recognizes UAW Ford for Commitment to Supporting Students and Improving Education in Detroit

Investment in renovations to academic and athletic facilities at Detroit College Prep at Northwestern High School continues to model the way for public-private partnerships

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DETROIT (April 8, 2016) – Detroit Public Schools and the UAW-Ford National Ford Department today unveiled the Union’s most current investment in improving the educational experience of Detroit Public School students. The investment includes building improvements throughout Detroit College Prep at Northwestern High School, including a complete renovation of the gymnasium and pool, as well as updates to the school’s parent resource room.

“We are grateful for our extraordinary partnership with UAW Ford, which has helped the District improve the learning environment in many of its schools,” said DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes. “Their support has assisted the District in addressing a broad cross-section of needs, from major capital investments to an innovative summer camp program to athletic uniforms for our students, which we otherwise would not have been able to address. Their support of the District’s students and educators is a real model for public-private partnerships in our community.”

As a result of UAW Ford’s continued partnership with DPS, Detroit College Prep at Northwestern High School received the following updates/enhancements:

  • Gymnasium renovation (new floor, bleachers, lighting, painting);
  • Weight room (painting, lighting, floor and new fitness equipment);
  • Pool (LED lighting, repair material and equipment);
  • Locker room (cardio equipment and painting);
  • Building improvements, including:
  • Outdoor Landscaping
  • Painting (current fence and entry doors)
  • Replacement of floor tile (outside school auditorium)
  • New LED lighting and fixture installation in school entry way, and replaced lighting in administrative office and cafeteria
  • Replacement of ceiling tiles (outside auditorium)
  • Spot painting in key areas throughout the building
  • Parent resource room (fresh paint and carpeting);
  • Music room (painting and security storage cages);
  • New football uniforms and helmets;
  • New washer and dryer.

“Being in a position to give back to the community is a good feeling, but a better feeling is knowing that those who benefit from it most are those who need it most, our youth. It’s almost criminal to know that these kids don’t have access in school to some of the same things that I had access to as a child, but we got to stop complaining about it and start doing something about it … every little bit helps,” said Jimmy Settles, Vice President of UAW Ford National Ford Department.

By leveraging their relationships in the community, UAW Ford has also been able to make available to Detroit College Prep at Northwestern students a variety of FREE Saturday classes, including chess, wrestling, academic games, Zumba, dance, entrepreneurship, photography and robotics. Coming soon are weekend classes in swimming and etiquette.

“The investment that UAW Ford has made in Detroit College Prep at Northwestern will have a lasting impact on the lives of so many of our current and future students,” said Principal Kenyuano Jones. “I hope they know how important the work they are doing to help the children of Detroit is to our community.”

Throughout their years of working to improve education in Detroit, the UAW Ford has also provided generous donations to Detroit Public Schools to fund:

  • The return of athletics and arts and music programs the District’s elementary and middle schools;
  • Complete renovations to the weight rooms at Cass Tech, Cody, Communication and Media Art, King and Renaissance High Schools. This was done as a part of the group’s initiative to reduce childhood obesity. All students and staff have access to these facilities;
  • New athletic uniforms and equipment for a number of middle schools and high schools;
  • A five-week summer camp at five District schools, that has served more than 2,000 students over the past two years.

“Supporting communities through giving is a core principle at Ford Motor Company,” said Bill Dirksen, vice president, Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company. “We know that investing in our communities and our children means investing in the future.”

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