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First Volt Auction Funds Key Programs

First Volt Auction Funds Key ProgramsDetroit, MI – March 14, 2011 – Thanks to a public auction by General Motors and Chevrolet, the first Chevy Volt available to the public was donated to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation (DPSF). Consequently, DPSF has been able to fund a number of programs that focus on science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS). The winning bid was $225,000.

The $225,000 in auction proceeds have been allocated to critical STEM programs, sending 60 DPS elementary and middle school students to compete in the U.S. Chess Federation’s national K-9 championship tournament in Columbus, Ohio on April 14-17 and 30 DPS high school students to compete in the Federation’s national K-12 championship tournament in Nashville, Tennessee on April 28-May 1.

Robotics Program – A $10,000 grant funded by the Volt auction benefits the Detroit International Academy for Young Women robotics program, encouraging more young women to pursue a career in the STEM areas.

Science Fair – Awarding a grant of $6,580 to DPS for students to participate in the 2011 Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit which will be held on March 15-19. Seventy-one DPS schools will be participating in this year’s fair.

Science Quiz Bowl – Awarding a grant of $6,915.40 to Renaissance High Schools for costs relating to participation in the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) national science quiz bowl competition. The competition will be held in Houston, Texas on April 10-22.

“We were amazed and thrilled by the outcome of the Volt auction,” notes DPSF President and CEO Chacona W. Johnson. “By selectively targeting these important programs, we can continue to energize our student interests in the sciences.”

The mission of the DPSF is to raise, manage and steward funds and other resources to support value-added programs and activities for the benefit of the Detroit Public Schools and its students. DPSF is a 501(c)3 non-profit operating independently of the Detroit Public Schools. Visit http://www.dpsfdn.org