Summer Solstice

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One of the things that make this June bittersweet, is the transition of the Grow Up Great Initiative into a different form. We have been fortunate to have five years of major funding from PNC Bank to conduct a professional development program for early childhood teachers, along with support for classroom materials, out of class experiences for our youngest learners, … Read More

Behind the Scenes at the DPS Foundation by Leslie Hicks

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The Detroit Public Schools Foundation, a nonprofit, receives funds and gives grants to support programs for students. I was privileged enough to experience the different aspects of the Foundation and its work in the community. In this way, I was able to gain a better understanding of the daily operations and how everything fits together. I have attended community events … Read More

I Believe The Detroit Public Schools Matter by Cornell Batie, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Detroit Jazz Festival

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Much is said about what’s wrong with education in Detroit.  A lot of what’s said is true.  What goes unspoken however is that just like me, every morning thousands of other Detroit parents are out there walking or driving their children to school.  We’re all stepping up and actively managing the lives of our children and their education.   I … Read More

”Failure to plan, is planning to fail”

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We have often heard the phrase “failure to plan, is planning to fail”. With that in mind, an recognizing that the opportunities to support DPS students are vast, the staff and board of the Foundation developed a plan to increase the probability of having a positive impact on the academic achievement of  students. This plan has served us well and … Read More

March is… by Dr. Glenda Price

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March is Reading Month, Women’s History Month and the month in which we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  This confluence of special celebration caused me to think about the women writers that I know of Irish ancestry.  Unfortunately, too few names came to mind.  I know Maeve Binchy, Emma Donoghue, Patricia Lynch, and Flannery O’Conner.  Because this list is far too … Read More

We Begin Anew

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With the beginning of each new year, we have the opportunity to begin anew. We are given the gift of anticipation for a year better than the last, the expectation of fulfilling our dreams, and the excitement that comes with new paths to travel. We begin 2015 with gratitude for all the donors who gave during 2014. The students of … Read More

Happy Holidays

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This year our holiday period is predicted to be a winter wonderland.  We will enjoy crisp days, snow on the trees, and warmth in our interactions.  This is a time of thanksgiving, gift giving, family and friend gatherings and joyful occasions.  Here at the DPS Foundation this is a time of reflection, as well as a time of anticipation. We … Read More

Marlene Miller, Pershing High School, Class of January 1955

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I remember at Nolan Middle School, our history teacher told us about the brewing unrest in Vietnam, and this was back in the ‘50’s way before the Vietnam War.  Ms. Bickler was the Latin teacher and she inspired my love of different languages.  In fact at Wayne State University, I minored in Spanish.  I enjoyed all of my subjects and … Read More

Eva Garza DeWaelsche: Detroit Public Schools Alumni to Valued Professional

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While working at NBD full-time, Eva enrolled as a part-time student at Wayne State University, earning a B.A. degree in Sociology and Master of Education degree. She was a Fellow in the Michigan State University Political Leadership Program in 1996 and attended the Community Leadership Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2008. Eva has devoted much of her … Read More

Educational Benefits of Summer

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Many times we think of the summer as a period away from school and formal study, without considering the other benefits that children receive during the days when the school doors are closed. Yet we know that exploring our world has significant educational benefit that may not be focused on a specific topic or discipline. You might not know that: … Read More