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March 2011


This is our monthly email about The Detroit College Promise. We now offer financial incentives in the form of scholarships to all current Detroit Public School students to attend Michigan public colleges and universities. The deadline of December 1 has passed for high school students, but K-8 students in DPS are welcome to sign up today (visit, then click on Student Login, then New student signup). Us Encourage Students  

The Detroit College Promise has now launched its annual Letter of Encouragement campaign. The letters will be given to the 2,300 ninth grade students in the Detroit Public Schools who have registered with The Detroit College Promise.  The purpose is to give students a glimpse of what a professional life might be like, and to let them know that many successful people have had to overcome major challenges to succeed, similar to the challenges they face.  They also let students know that other people believe in them and that they need to believe in themselves.  The Detroit College Promise is asking everyone in Southeast Michigan to show a Detroit Public School student that someone believes in them, by writing a Letter of Encouragement.  This includes elected officials, CEOs, professionals from all disciplines, DPS staff and alumni, and anyone with a passion for improving Detroit.  For more information, go to, and then click on Links.   Letters have already been written by President Obama, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Alberto Retana, Governor Granholm, and others.



Ringing Endorsementstamp of approval


Thanks to Jim Townsend, State Representative, 26th District, for endorsing our program.


Thanks to The Detroit Board of Education for endorsing our program. Click here for their endorsement letter.


Other endorsements are listed here.


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A Big Thank You!

Congratulations to Richard Cooper, President, MBA Consultants, LLC, for being elected to our Board. We thank you for your service!

Thanks to Brooke Franklin for serving on our Board for our first two years, and for helping us network with other Detroiters.
Good Things Are Happening At Detroit Public Schools

We've asked students to write stories about what makes their school special. This month, we'd like to highlight Southwestern High School in a story submitted to us by Devon Pickett:

"My name is Devon Pickett and I attend Southwestern High School. My school is doing great, they listen to the students when the students are in need of something such as school supplies, employment, second chance, extended day, and more and more things that benefits the student(s) as far as education. The teachers are outstanding when teaching because you actually understand; they explain things step by step. The Principal, Mrs. Romanov, does outstanding work along with her colleague and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Saint Clair. Southwestern High School is the place to be when it comes to education."





We received our 3rd quarter check from the Kroger Community Rewards program - thanks to those who have signed up. It's easy to sign up - just click here. If you are already signed up, unfortunately Kroger is requiring you to re-enroll in April - we'll give you more details as we receive them.  However, feel free to contact Allison at with any questions.  We truly appreciate the time you take to do this, as it is helping us pay for more scholarships!  




Reading is Fundamental 


We encourage everyone to look at our Books pages, which now include the 2011 American Library Association - Best Books for Young Adult winners (click here), as well as Caldecott winners, Newbery Winners and favorite books of elected officials such as U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.  We encourage all students and parents to engage themselves in reading every day.  Reading encourages exploration, imagination, and creativity.





Lend Us A Hand! olunteer


Adopt a school

Participate in the PTA/LSCO, even if your children don't attend that school now. We believe that any school can be improved substantially if just 25 people are actively involved in its PTA/LSCO. We are particularly interested in parents becoming involved in grades K-8. Contact us for more information. 


Administrative/Office Help 

We have a need for help in the office sending out mailings as well as minor data entry. Contact to set up a time if you're able to come to our office to help out. Workload varies so we ask that you email us before coming in! 



Help us set up a fundraising event with a group you currently work with such as a church or community group. We'd be happy to speak to the group as well - just contact us. 


Attend Events in the Community
There are several events that occur throughout the year that we could use help with. In Mid July/August we host a pizza party for seniors. We could also use assistance with career days, as well as various festivals that occur in the summer months.  


We send out a monthly Volunteer Newsletter highlighting various things we could use assistance on. We encourage you to sign up for that newsletter to keep up to date! To subscribe to this or any other newsletter click here.  




Support Your Favorite School 

Last month we began giving donors the opportunity to dedicate their donation to a specific school of their choice.  Our top two schools are Central, which has had $5,000 dedicated to scholarships, and Denby which has had $500 dedicated towards scholarships.  To make a donation, click on the Contribute button at the top or the Donate button at the bottom of our Home Page, or click here. If you'd like your contribution to go to a specific school, simply write what school you'd like your donation to be used for, or if you donate online, send us an email letting us know your name and donation, and we will allocate the funds appropriately.  


School                        Amount Raised

Central High School    $5000

Denby High School      $500 




Pre-College Programs

Parent/Daughter Technology Engineering Workshop (TEA) at Kettering University  

The Parent /Daughter TEA event, which takes place Saturday, April 30, provides the opportunity for middle school girls and their parents/guardians to learn about and experience first-hand what technical and engineering careers are by showcasing the creativity and teamwork associated with these careers. The cost is $30.00 (Parent/daughter) and includes a hands-on engineering project workshop, take-home engineering project, and t-shirt for each girl. Light snacks and lunch provided. Read more about the program by clicking here



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Contact Us:

The Detroit College Promise
30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Telephone: (248) 646-3269
Fax: (248) 646-3119