The DPS Foundation is committed to enhancing the educational opportunities for students. Here are a few noteworthy programs supported by the DPS Foundation that have expanded because of the donor generosity. To learn more about these opportunities and other ways to enhance education, please contact the DPS Foundation at (313) 873-3348 or at

K-8 Athletics

K-8 Athletics has expanded its program to include elementary yoga. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Danialle Karmanos’ Work it Out Foundation (DKWIO),   500 K-5 students will enjoy yoga during the day. The K-8 Art, Music, and Athletic initiative began three years ago to ensure that DPS students enjoyed a well-rounded education that exposed them to culture, physical well-being, and cooperation.

Clothing Closets and Homeless Student Support

Unfortunately in the 2014-15 school year the number of students requiring assistance with clothing and essentials increased. Fortunately, DPSF was able to support the over 750 students who required clothing through the donation of money, coats, and school supplies.

Farm Fresh

DPS continues to expand its Farm to School program by adding a hoop house site to Douglass Academy. The program currently encompasses 78 school-based garden sites and a main farm at Drew Transition Center. The Farm to School program is nutrition, healthy eating, and urban farming rooted in science education. Through continued support the program will soon include a urban agricultural campus at the former Kettering High School.

Going Green

Students continue to put Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills into action by engaging in Go Green Challenge projects. Project topics include recycling, energy and water, and nutrition that directly impact their lives. The Bosch Community Fund is a sponsor of the program and encourages students to use their creative solutions not only to make a community change, but also as an entrance into STEM related career fields.