Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Detroit Public Schools’ new ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ guaranteed to wow families!
On Saturday, April 27, more than 90 DPS schools will open their doors, allowing parents to see schools firsthand; meet principals, staff and parent leaders; take tours; sample healthy nutrition food in the school cafeterias for free; and see in action DPS’ plans to create Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools throughout the city.
The ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as part of the Open Enrollment Period, which runs through May 10.
Some activities will include classroom visits, instructional technology/lab demonstrations, presentations by teachers, student performances and business/community partner information. Some schools will also feature choirs, step and cheer teams, puppet shows, mini band concerts, Michigan Tech Science Experiment Stations and more!
Unique ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ offerings:
· Two free flights over the city by staff from Davis Aerospace High School
· Hard-hat tour of the new Diann Banks-Williamson Educational Center, a $6.67 million addition to replace the old Kettering West Wing facility for Special Education that will open adjacent to the new East English Village Preparatory Academy
· Showcase of the district’s 17 new or significantly renovated schools as part of the 2009 bond issue
· Dance and music performances by students from the renowned Detroit School of Arts
· Free shuttle buses available from seven Parent Resource Center hubs; the four-hour time block, as well as the shuttle bus service, will allow families to visit several schools in one day
· Free samples of DPS’ healthy lunches, free refreshments and other giveaways, while supplies last
· Mobile Dentist at Ludington Magnet Middle School
· Preschool Showcase at Marcus Garvey Academy and Charles Wright Academy
· Free workshops by The Home Depot at the Osborn Parent Resource Center
· Autistic Team offering information and support opportunities for students with disabilities at Earhart Elementary-Middle School
· And much more!
Individual schools that are open for enrollment include 12 neighborhood schools showcased by Excellent Schools Detroit as among the best in the city, as well as new schools and college preparatory programs with curriculums focusing on science, medicine and performing arts. DPS also offers multilingual education programs, Public School League scholar-athlete programs and Parent Resource Centers.
More than 90 schools open for information, tours from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; FREE shuttle service; Every site will offer FREE healthy meals, receptions and giveaways!
For enrollment information, call (313) 240-4377 or visit detroitk12.org/enroll
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:51
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has announced that local businesses and foundations have pledged $14 million to his Active and Safe Campaign to support recreational centers and programming. Additionally, the mayor announced that all of the city’s parks will remain open this spring and summer as a result of reallocated funding, grants and comm unity support.
Bing was joined at the news conference by Matthew Simoncini, president and CEO of Lear Corporation, which is donating $5 million over five years to support the city’s recreation centers and parks. The mayor and Simoncini were flanked by representatives from other corporations and foundations that have contributed money to the campaign: General Motors, Marathon Oil, UAW-Ford, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ford Motor Company, DTE Energy, Detroit International Bridge Company, Belle Isle Conservancy (Women’s Committee), McGregor Fund, and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. In-kind donations are being made by AOL, Fifth Third Bank, VisionIT, and Vesco Oil.
“This is another great example of how the business community and foundations have stepped up to support the city in our efforts to improve the quality of life for our citizens,” Bing said. “Even in the midst of a major financial restructuring of the city, we must stay focused on basic needs. In just a couple of months, Detroit children will be out of school for the summer and it is vital that we provide recreational options that will help keep them active and safe.”
“At Lear, we are committed to supporting the communities where we do business,” said Simoncini. “We are proud to partner with the mayor to fund improvements in the parks and recreation facilities and programs that will benefit the citizens of Detroit, particularly our young people.”
Last month, the corporate community stepped up to contribute $8 million to the public safety component of the Active and Safe Campaign. The money is being used to acquire 23 new ambulances for the Detroit Fire Department’s EMS unit and 100 new patrol cars for the Detroit Police Department. To date, a total of $22 million has been raised toward the $60 million goal of the three-year campaign.
In addition to the funds raised for the Active and Safe Campaign, the City of Detroit’s General Services Department has received financial assistance from the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wayne County and the federal Community Development Block Grant Program to keep city parks open. Earlier this year, Bing said 50 Detroit parks would have to close due to the City Council’s failure to approve a Belle Isle lease agreement with the State of Michigan, which would have freed up funds and staff to maintain and operate city parks.
Several businesses, community groups and residents also have come forward to adopt parks in order to keep them open.
”We want to thank all of our wonderful partners who have adopted parks across the city,” said Brad Dick, director of the General Services Department. “Three years ago, Mayor Bing put out a call to service for residents and organizations to take a stronger interest in their parks. At that time, we only had 26 individuals and groups pledge to adopt parks. Today, that number has grown to 119.”
The General Services Department expects to begin mowing park lawns next month. High use parks will be mowed on a 10-14 day cycle, while parks with lower use will be cut on a three-week cycle. Permanent staff will be placed at five of the busiest parks — Palmer, Patton, Clark, Farwell and Lasky — to manage daily maintenance. In addition to employing eligible seasonal workers, the City of Detroit is currently hiring employees to service all of the parks.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:28
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner
Theme: “Freedom Must Never Be Defaulted, It Must Forever Be Exalted!”
April 28, 2013
Cobo Conference Center
For ticket information please call (313) 871-2087
The Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner of the Detroit Branch NAACP was launched in April 1956 under the leadership of Branch President Edward M. Turner, Arthur L. Johnson and Dr. Lionel F. Swan, co-chairman. Today, The Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is the largest sit down dinner of its kind in the world. Serving approximately 10,000 guests with a first class meal, world-class entertainment, and some of the world’s renowned keynote address speakers.
In response to the direct appeals of Drs. Alfred Thomas, D.T. Burton, Lionel Swan and the Detroit Branch Officers, Turner, Johnson M. Kelly Fritz, who was serving as Branch Treasurer, and 59 members of the Detroit Medical Society became the Freedom Fund Dinner’s first subscribers, thereby guaranteeing the success of this significant new venture. Members of the medical society had been called to a special meeting in the Holiday Room of the Detroit’s famed Gotham Hotel.
The Freedom Fund Dinner was founded in a period of renewed national hope and determination among Black Americans, even in the face of continuing racial violence and tragedy. The National Chairman of the NAACP, Dr. Channing H. Tobias, had called for the establishment of a one million dollar fighting fund for freedom.
At this time in Detroit housing segregation, job discrimination and police brutality against Blacks were fixed patterns in the city’s way of life.
As the tentative plans for the Freedom Fund Dinner were being developed, a brutal racial killing took the life of Dr. Thomas Brewer, a prominent physician in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Brewer’s immediate family and close relatives were very active and well known in Detroit. In part, motivated by the tragic murder of Dr. Brewer, Black physicians as a group in Detroit came together to support the Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.
The first dinner (held at the Latin Quarter) was a magnificent success. At $100 per couple, with 300 subscribers approximately, $30,000 was donated.
Beginning with Thurgood Marshall as the first keynote speaker, the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner has brought to its platform a virtual constellation of distinguished speakers and entertainers, among them, Barbara Jordan, Roy Wilkins, Howard Thurman, Senator Edward Brooks, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, Governor Mario Cuomo, Senator Ted Kennedy, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Joint Chief of Staff, Chairman, General Colin Powell, Ron Brown, Kweisi Mfume, Lee Iaccoca, Sammy Davis, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Dick Gregory, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, Danny Glover, Julian Bond,Senator Hillary Clinton, then Senator Barack Obama, Dr. Manning Marable, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Congressman John Lewis and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:47
Category: Community Written by Huffington Post
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — You can learn a lot from a zombie.
At least that's what a University of Michigan professor hopes her 31 graduate students took away from Tuesday's bizarre, albeit bloody, "zombie apocalypse." The classroom exercise was designed to get School of Public Health students thinking about what the appropriate response should be during a disaster....
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:35
Category: Community Written by Matthew Naimi
In 2006, The City of Detroit was the largest City in the United States without a municipal recycling program. The Detroit Public Schools, the largest school district in Michigan, did not recycle. By 2013, this has all changed…
Now, each Saturday, Recycle Here! is packed with over 1,100 recyclers, greeted by art and music. There is curbside recycling in three neighborhoods: Rosedale Park, East English Village, and Palmer Woods/University District, servicing nearly 50,000 households. The Detroit Public Schools are in the process of launching a district-wide recycling program.
How did this happen? You, the residents of Detroit, made it happen. At Recycle Here!, we set up the boxes and we open the door. You take the time to separate material. You put it in your car. You drive it over to Holden Street. You take it out of your trunk, put it in a cart and place it in the sorting boxes. You bring us paper and cardboard. In return this material is sold to Michigan mills to help fund Green Living Science, a nonprofit that teaches students in Detroit Elementary Schools how to live more sustainable lives.
How did this happen? The City of Detroit made it happen. Recycle Here is funded by the City of Detroit through the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority (GDRRA) and the Department of Public Works. City officials like Al Jordan and Ron Brundidge from the DPW and John Prymack and Angela Ireland from GDRRA have supported our unique, yet effective, marketing and outreach strategies.
During a time period where city services have been on the decline, recycling options have grown in Detroit. They have done this by engaging community groups and stakeholders during the process, and truly listened to the recommendations. The Detroit Public Schools made it happen. In 2007, Recycle Here! connected with Alycia Meriweather from the DPS Office of Science, and together have been working every year to expand environmental education in the schools.
How did this happen? There is no magic formula to making the City of Detroit a better place. It takes commitment, cooperation, coordination, and communication. It takes support from local government, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, teachers, students and the general public all working together towards a common goal.
Recycle Here! is proud to have been a part of an incredible collaboration that launched the curbside service in Detroit. The City convened a working group of department heads, environmental groups, social justice organizations and the Detroit Public Schools to develop and implement a comprehensive launch strategy. Every voice at the table mattered and worked together to develop the program.
The City of Detroit provided recycling service to the elementary schools located in curbside zones, so the students could practice the habits all day and take that knowledge into the home. Green Living Science taught in-depth lessons in the classroom on how to recycle. Environmental groups, led by Margaret Weber from Zero Waste Detroit, walked each neighborhood, going door to door to provide information and answer questions. Was it easy? No. Did it work? Yes. The results speak for themselves.
The City of Detroit, as many Cities nationwide, is struggling to provide efficient service amid dwindling resources. Most often, the municipality looks solely at equipment, routing, and labor to maximize efficiency. What rarely gets discussed, probably because it is the most difficult, is working with citizens to better utilize the service being provided.
There is no owner’s manual for city services. What we have seen with the growth of recycling in Detroit was a commitment to analyze every facet of the program, from equipment and trucks to education and outreach. The result is a sustainable program that will deliver a necessary service that is utilized properly by an educated and participating populace.
Recycle Here! is proud of what has been accomplished so far, but there is plenty of work still to do. We believe one day we will have city-wide curbside recycling. This may not happen tomorrow or next year, but rest assured that when it happens it will be done the right way. The groups and organizations that came together to launch curbside recycling have created a great working relationship.
This group, along with many others, has been working to develop a Detroit Environmental Agenda, which includes local environmental conditions, an overview of current initiatives and opportunities, and policy recommendations. The hope is that the Detroit Environmental Agenda will be a useful tool for you and other Detroiters, to elect leaders committed to a cleaner, safer, healthier Detroit.
The success and growth of Recycle Here! is your success. Since 2007, we have recycled over 10 million pounds of material, been visited by over 200,000 people, provided environmental education to over 50,000 students. All of this has been achieved through your commitment and the best result of all – is community. The face to face interactions between neighbors, your smiling faces, connecting with your community, making a difference, changing your world. Bee Green.
Matthew Naimi is founder and director of operations at Recycle Here
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:09
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