School Pride

School Pride
Premiere screening of the new NBC reality show "School Pride," featuring Communication and Media Arts High School

7:30 p.m. Wednesday November 3rd
Ford Theatre at Detroit School of Arts
See it before it airs on TV!


“School Pride” premiere to benefit CMA and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation

School Pride Photo The hosts of School Pride, from left, Tom Stroup, Kym Whitley, Jacob Soboroff and Susie Castillo, visited CMA on June 16 to tell students their school had been selected to receive a makeover.

For one week this summer, Hollywood came to Communication and Media Arts High School. The school received an “Extreme Makeover,” courtesy of the new NBC reality TV show “School Pride.”

The debut of the episode featuring CMA High School will air on Friday Nov. 5, but Detroit Public Schools is offering a sneak peak on Wednesday November 3 during a special fundraising event that will benefit CMA and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

Detroit Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley and Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb will host the event that takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Theatre at Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden. Before the screening, there will be a catered VIP reception.

Admission prices are as follows:

DPS students: Free
General admission: $10
Private VIP reception: $50

General admission tickets will include free popcorn courtesy of Good People Popcorn, a family-owned gourmet popcorn purveyor based in Detroit, and free beverages courtesy of Faygo.

VIP tickets will grant access to a taste of Metro Detroit, featuring Culinary Associates, Touch of Class Catering, Edibles Rex, Uptown BBQ, Forte Belanger and Deangelo Soul Food. Good People Popcorn also has a surprise in store for VIPs.

Sponsors: May’s Printing, Good People Popcorn, Faygo, Touch of Class Catering, Edibles Rex and Culinary Associates.

All proceeds will benefit CMA and the DPS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support Detroit Public Schools students.

Tickets are available until 5 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 2 at Tickets will continue to be available at Communication and Media Arts High School, 14471 Mansfield, and at the door.


About School Pride

The reality series, debuting this fall and airing Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC, empowers communities to take charge and improve their broken schools, motivating students, parents and teachers to renovate their neighborhood educational institutions. Making use of local businesses and skilled local labor, the community will make over classrooms, public spaces, athletic facilities, and art and music halls. The changes at CMA will truly be a community effort, with "School Pride" producers planning to recruit a large number of volunteers from the local area to work on the transformation effort.

While a team of experts will lend expertise in the makeover process, it's ultimately up to the students, teachers and community to execute the restoration. "School Pride" cameras will document their progress, revealing multiple surprises along the way and, ultimately, concluding with the unveiling of a brand-new, completely transformed school. Months later, the school will be revisited to determine the effects – such as renewed sense of pride and an increase in student achievement scores – the transformation has ignited. Inspired by a successful revitalization effort in Compton, Calif., "School Pride" encourages students to take more pride and improve academic achievement through the revitalization of their school and community.

The "School Pride" crew and hosts will document the makeover Aug. 1-7, 2010, and the public is encouraged to sign up to participate or donate goods and/or services to the effort. Volunteers will be needed for tasks ranging from painting and serving food to skilled trades such as electrical and plumbing work.

"School Pride" is produced by Horizon Alternative Television.

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CMA in the spotlight

Communication and Media Arts High School (CMA) received a building makeover Aug. 1-7, 2010 as part of the new NBC series “School Pride.” The show is from executive producers Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Denise Cramsey (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and will air at 8 p.m. on Friday nights this fall. The show will debut at 8 p.m. Friday, October 15 and the episode featuring CMA is slated to air on Friday, November 5.

The show’s producers spearheaded the effort, but they depended on the community to help transform the aging school building.

See the renovation when the show airs on Friday, November 5 or attend a preview screening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 3.

About CMA

Communication & Media Arts HS

Inside a building that once housed a Catholic school, the students of Communication and Media Arts High School are proving that students in Detroit Public Schools can succeed against all odds. Nearly every member of the class of 2010 is bound for college – except those entering the military for the G.I. Bill. This excellent small school, which boasts a 97 percent graduation rate, was originally slated to close this summer due to lack of funds to repair the building. It was saved after being selected to receive significant repairs as part of “School Pride.”

Visit the Communication and Media Arts High School profile page

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