Detroit high school band directors marching kids to brighter futures

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2010-06-01 Dennis Archambault They have graduated professional musicians over the years, but Detroit’s high school marching band leaders say what they do is not about creating career musicians. Band is more about creating disciplined students with an appreciation for music. It’s about giving them skills they can use in their careers. “Band promotes success, discipline, and principles that allow you … Read More

Detroit Public Schools Foundation gets $1.5M donation for early childhood education

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2010-05-27 By PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI The Detroit Public Schools Foundation received a $1.5-million donation today from the PNC Foundation to be used for early childhood education. DPS will use the money for professional development for preschool teachers in the areas of arts and sciences. It also will fund hands-on experiences for preschoolers, including field trips and family days at the Detroit … Read More

PNC Grow Up Great and Detroit Public Schools Announce First-ever Summer School Programs in Science and the Arts for Pre-K Students

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2010-05-27 (PRWEB) PNC Foundation investment leverages resources of Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Detroit Science Center and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts on behalf of underserved children (PRWEB) May 27, 2010 — The PNC Foundation today announced a $2.1 million investment with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, the Detroit Science Center and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts … Read More

The DPS Foundation is accepting online donations for the DPS All-City High School Marching Band and Reading Corps

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2010-02-12 Steven Wasko/Jennifer Mrozowski, Detroit Public Schools The Detroit Public Schools Foundation is now accepting online donations for the DPS All-City High School Marching Band and the DPS Reading Corps, an initiative to tutor children in reading and help reach DPS’ goal to have every third-grader read at grade level or above by 2015. The Foundation has already received several … Read More

DPS Foundation receives donation from Pickard Family Fund

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Written by Minehaha Forman, Special to The Chronicle At the Michigan Chronicle’s Legacy in Motion Gala held on December 12, 2009, the Pickard Family Fund presented a generous donation of $100,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. This gift will be used to support DPS athletic and fine arts programs. Pictured are Leroy C. Richie, Chairman of the DPS Foundation … Read More

DPS Foundation President honored as a Woman to Watch

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When the Detroit Public Schools recently sought to officially launch its independent, nonprofit DPS Foundation, it wanted a leader with a proven fundraising track record. That’s why the foundation’s founders and the district tapped Chacona Johnson for the job. Johnson, 55, spent about 20 years working for the development arm of the University of Michigan, ultimately becoming the university’s associate … Read More

Chacona Johnson to be CEO of Detroit Public Schools Foundation

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2009-08-26 Written by Ryan Beene The Detroit Public Schools officially launched the DPS Foundation today, naming Chacona Johnson, former University of Michigan associate vice president for development, as its CEO. As first reported in the Aug. 8 edition of Crain’s, the DPS Foundation is an independent nonprofit that will solicit outside funding for DPS programs like athletics, fine arts and … Read More