Tiffany C. Williams: A teacher gave me a chance; now it’s time to pay it forward

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The process and technologies were daunting, but I jumped at the chance. Before long, I was learning alongside professionals from the public and private sector, gaining skills that helped me to secure internships and jobs throughout my graduate school career.  More importantly, Mr. Raymond trusted me and believed in me, and in turn, I believed in myself and succeeded. Growing … Read More

What A Year It Has Been

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As we come to the close of the school year, and the end of the Foundation’s fiscal year, it is natural to look back and reflect on our activities, partnerships, successes, and challenges. During the 2013-2014 year we have experienced excitement, productive grant making, and new forms of fundraising. With more than 75 grants to teachers, administrators and non-profits we … Read More

Loretta C. Gates: Pershing Class of January 1955

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Back in those days, students were seated in class according to your height.  I’ve always been small in stature, so I always landed in the front of the class.  Being the youngest and only girl with five brothers, who had quite a reputation, most of my teachers knew I had the ability, but sometimes needed a little nudge to get … Read More

We Believe

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As the board and staff of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation goes about its work of supporting students within the Detroit Public Schools, we do so with a set of beliefs which guide our efforts and decisions. At the center of our work is a commitment to ensure that a quality education is delivered as a right for every child, … Read More

Raymond Lozano: Cinco De Mayo And Its Importance To Us

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If I haven’t lost them at this juncture, I go on to indicate that Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates Mexico’s victory on May 5, 1862 over an overwhelmingly large, French army at a battle that took place in the city of Puebla, Mexico. The battle was not a major win against the overall war with the French, but it was … Read More

Terry Blackhawk: Poets In Our Schools

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“Since feeling is first”…the poet writes… “who pays any attention/ to the syntax of things/ will never wholly kiss you.” (e. e. cummings) Or, alternately, “A little Madness in the Spring/ Is wholesome even for the King.”  (Emily Dickinson) As we look back on a busy Poetry Month 2014, I want to raise a flag for poetry and express my … Read More

Audley ”Kano” Smith: My DPS Experience Made Me The Man I Am Today

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My elementary school experiences at Longfellow were filled with new challenges – academic, social and athletic.  And, of course, being the younger, mischievous brother of my studious and very smart sister, Shirley, I had a lot to prove. I was a fast leaner and was constantly being encouraged by teachers committed to imparting knowledge and inspiring us to do our … Read More

What is the essence of the Supreme Teaching?

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[success_box] “A monk once asked Zen Master Yun-men, “What is the essence of the Supreme Teaching?” Yun-men said “When the spring comes the grass grows by itself.” *[/success_box] With the coming of spring, we are excited about the opportunities that come with longer and brighter days, as well as the growth of the grass and the greening of trees. We look … Read More

Fond Memories by Patrice L. Green

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In order to attend Cass Tech you had to pass an entrance exam, so the student body came from all over the city.  At Cass you applied for certain area of concentration in addition to college prep courses and, the curriculum you were in dictated the area of focus.  I was in Performing Arts, and that’s where I developed my … Read More

Extraordinary Women

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March is the month when we focus on the amazing women who have helped to shape our culture and our society. We celebrate and applaud those who have accomplished extraordinary success or participated in activities that changed the nation. Those women who were “firsts” in their fields deserve our thanks. We stand on the shoulders of those who have opened … Read More