As we get closer to the start of a new school year, I want to take this chance to update you on our new alumni connection program.  Since we launched the site, a little more than a month ago, we are consistently hearing from alumni who want to give back and reconnect.

It is gratifying every time the phone rings or an email comes through from a graduate who is eager to participate.  Graduates from the ‘60s through the ‘90s have checked in to let us know that they want to join the growing community of DPS alumni who are back in touch and exploring ways to get involved. 

A few examples include the Cass Tech Class of 1982, which has established a fund with the Foundation to help today’s students.  The Class of ’82 plans a competition between classes to see who can raise the most.  We have heard from alumni of MacKenzie High School, a building now used for Kindergarten through 8th grade classes, who still have a passion for education in Detroit and still want to be a part of the lives of students in their West Side neighborhood.  We also heard from a Henry Ford High School graduate who has now started a program to inspire kids to think about philanthropy.

It just take a few easy minutes to go onto the site, let us know how to contact you, and begin to show your passion and commitment to students in Detroit.

Please contact me, anytime, at I look forward to hearing from you.

Erica Sanders was interviewed on WWJ’s “Making the Grade” segment.  To hear the interview click here.