The Detroit Public Schools Foundation has a plan to bring in more of the dollars needed to ensure students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) get the education they need to succeed.
The foundation has launched a new fundraising effort, called Educate! DETROIT Public Schools, to help meet the needs of the 50,000 plus students, families and 3,500 educators who make up Michigan’s largest public school district. You can help by donating. To learn more or contribute to the campaign, visit give.classy.org/DPSeducates or dpsfdn.org.
Organizers aim to raise at least $300,000 for DPSCD via an online crowdfunding campaign and several soon to be announced pop-up events. The funds raised will help provide a wide range of support, from technology classroom enhancements to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programming, scholarships, competition fees, field trips, family resources and basic needs such as uniforms.
“This is a critical time for the district,” says Pamela Moore, president and CEO of the DPS Foundation. “While the district is making great strides, the needs are great as well. DPSCD relies on state school aid funds for its operations and due to the state takeover, Detroit’s tragic bankruptcy, declining tax base and more than 50 percent poverty rate, our children are short of the financial resources needed to educate them.”
Marketing Supply Co., a Detroit-based digital growth marketing agency, has been an instrumental partner, donating many hours and resources to the success of the campaign. ABC Student Transportation, a full-service student transportation company, made a $10,000 contribution toward the campaign to kick things off.
The campaign is the first initiative of its kind, spearheaded by the DPS Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).
The ultimate goal is to return Detroit Public Schools to the title it once held as one of the best districts in the country, says DPS Superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti in the following YouTube video. The video also gives examples of how many schools are working to improve the education of Detroit’s young people.
Changes are happening. For example, there are Montessori classrooms and at the Davis Aerospace Academy students are learning to fly. Still, there is not enough technology in many DPS classrooms.
“Our superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, has laid out a strategic plan to address the challenges, goals and realities that confront DPSCD,” Moore says. “Collectively, we are the ‘community’ in Detroit Public Schools Community District.
The strategic plan is called Blueprint 2020. You can click here to read it.
“If you live in or near Detroit, if a family member, friend or loved-one attended or worked in the District, or if you just believe in the mission of the DPS Foundation, we are asking for your financial support,” says Moore.
To learn more or contribute to the campaign, visit give.classy.org/DPSeducates or dpsfdn.org. Follow the DPS Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for information on the upcoming public pop-up events.