29 September 2010
This is our September email about The Detroit College Promise. This
fall, we will offer scholarships to all Detroit Public School
graduates to attend Michigan public colleges and universities, if they live
in Detroit and register by December 1, 2010. This scholarship is only
offered to students enrolled in DPS.
Kevin Smith Partners with EmpowerMind
for Pepsi Refresh Challenge to Support Detroit Public School Student Athletes
The Pepsi Refresh Challenge is partnering with Kevin Smith of the Detroit
Lions. During September, Kevin Smith is requesting the voting support of Detroit and surrounding areas to put Michigan on the map for the wonderful local
initiatives of EmpowerMind to win the $250,000 grant through Pepsi
Refresh to help Detroit Public School Student Athletes improve their
grades and study habits. Throughout the month of September, EmpowerMind and
their volunteer team will be canvassing the city of Detroit and surrounding
areas to promote the Pepsi Challenge project for the EmpowerMind
program. Along with the support and partnership of Fathead, the Detroit Public School, city officials, local companies and sponsors we are hoping to pull
the city together to help vote!
To VOTE visit www.refresheverything.com/empowermind daily
and please vote once a day along with texting 102690 to PEPSI
(73774). Each individual can vote once daily online as well as through
their mobile phone via text. Please help support Detroit Public Schools
Get Moving for a Good Cause!
The Detroit College Promise is excited to be organizing a team
for The Big House, Big Heart run / walk on October 3, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan This unique event supports three University of Michigan Health System charities through part of your registration fee, and can also raise
money for The Detroit College Promise. The organizers have generously opened
this event to all area nonprofits to raise funds. We at The Detroit
College Promise invite you to help us raise much needed funding by
participating, not only as a runner, walker, wheeler or stroller, but also as
a fundraiser. One hundred percent of funds raised are set aside for scholarships
for Detroit Public School graduates in our program. Click
here for more information.
Events We Attended in
11 September 2010: We attended the 1st Annual Run for Peace & Community
Fun Fair at Youthville.
7 September 2010: We attended the backpack giveaway with Detroit Lions
Running Back Kevin Smith and Mayor Bing at Northwest Activity Center. You can see additional photos on our Facebook page.
6 September 2010: We attended the Annual Labor Day Parade in Detroit
5 September 2010: We attended the DPS I'm In event at Detroit Science Center
Reminder to Join Us
Just a reminder to please join us for a
screening of the fascinating and important documentary film Heart of Stone,
and a discussion with Beth Toni Kruvant, the Producer-Director. The event
will take place at 2:30 PM, Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Beth Ahm
Synagogue; 5075 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322, Light
refreshments will be served.
*If you are an alumnus/alumna of a Detroit public high school, such as Ford, Central or Mumford, this event will be of
particular interest to you.
We received our first check from the Kroger Community Rewards program! We
want to thank all of those who have signed up. Every bit helps! If you have
not signed up to have your Kroger rewards card benefit the Detroit College
Promise, it is easy. Click here for more information on how you can make your
grocery dollars count.
Shop For a Cause
Just a reminder that we still have $5 coupons available to all of those who
donate $5 or more to The Detroit College Promise. The ticket has two valuable
offers: 20 percent or 10 percent off most merchandise in the store all day,
plus 25 percent off a single purchase on October 16. Each $5 ticket
includes a chance to win a $500 Macy's gift card. 100% of each $5
ticket purchase supports the DCP. As a bonus, on October 16, Macy's stores
will go all out to celebrate shoppers by offering special events and entertainment
in addition to storewide savings. Contact us today to purchase your ticket,
or donate your $5 online
Our School launches its
Detroit Educational Tour
With the educational crisis unfolding in Detroit under national attention,
Our School, a film that began in 2005 documenting the district's school
closure plan over five years, will show as part of Detroit Public Library's
Education Awareness Month. This feature length documentary presents the daily
life within three Detroit public high schools; Mackenzie, Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Mothers and Southeastern High School. The screening at the
Detroit Public Library will commence Our School's Educational Tour within
Detroit Public Schools to utilize the film as an educational tool for staff,
parents, and students. The film will be shown on Saturday October 9th, 2010
at 2:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, and will be followed
by a facilitated discussion. The event will be held at the Detroit Public
Library Main Branch - 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 833-1000 -
and begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.
For more information, to purchase a DVD or to set up a screening of Our
for your institution, please contact Oren Goldenberg (248) 224-9063 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, email, Info@ourschoolproductions.com.
Tom Joyner's Take a
Loved One to the Doctor Day!
Join KISS 105.9 FM and J. Anthony Brown of the Tom Joyner Morning Show for
FREE health screenings at the Northwest Activities Center (8100 Myers Rd. Detroit, MI 48235). The Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day will
take place on Tuesday, September 28, from 6AM to 2 PM. For more
information call 313-259-2000.
Many Thanks Are In
Thanks to Frank Nemecek for writing about President Obama's Letter of
Encouragement for our students in his Warrendale (Detroit) blog - link
Thanks to State Senator Hansen Clarke, candidate for US Congress, 13th
District, for endorsing our program. Thanks also to Rocky
Raczkowski, candidate for US Congress, 9th District, for endorsing our
Joseph Volk, of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel wrote an interesting
article on the possibility of starting a program similar to ours and the
Kalamazoo Promise. To read the full article click