DPSCD and faith-based community unite to support students and families

Clergy leaders called to support 106 schools and key initiatives

Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has issued a call to action for the faith-based community to partner with one of its 106 DPSCD Schools.

“Educating Detroit’s students includes urging the entire community to fill the gaps that our children face so they can focus on their education. We are charged with educating students but without your support, children will fall through the cracks,” said Dr. Vitti. “Today marked a day of action, we are calling all clergy leaders to join us by supporting one of our schools. We recognize that many have provided invaluable resources in the past, but we can’t do this work in isolation, all 50,000 students deserve the same opportunities, we welcome more faith-based organizations to become engaged and partner with a school.”

Faith-based partners will be encouraged to organize volunteers and mentors, share district information and updates, encourage enrollment, assist with beautification projects, develop school-based pantries, or lead clothing and toy drives. Faith-based organizations will be central to the district’s upcoming launch of the 5,000 Role Models and Parent Academy.

A Faith-based Council will be developed to enable the superintendent to meet with leaders regularly to discuss the successes and challenges of the district and to hear from faith-based leaders about how the district and schools can assist their work to help children, families, and communities.

“The Faith-based community left feeling encouraged, inspired and with a shot of adrenalin to do something special and long lasting with the DPSCD Faith-Based Initiative,” said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, Sr. Pastor, Greater Grace Temple. “It is important, that everyone understands we have an opportunity to plan and set things in place that will effect generations to come.

“This has the potential to create a foundation for a collaboration that should outlast us all.”

Faith-based leaders seeking to partner with the district and a school will be asked to complete and submit a commitment form to the district’s Family and Community Engagement Office. Next steps will include school matching and a formal agreement that will detail commitments. Detroit’s Bishop Ellis, Rev. Holly, Rev. Peek and Rev. Sheffield are all in agreement that this initiative will require support from the entire community.

Any member of the faith-based community can join the Council by contacting the Family and Community Engagement Office Director of Programs, Yolanda Eddins at yolanda.eddins@detroitk12.org. For more information, please visit detroitk12.org.

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