We’ve all heard the stories about the worsening finances of Detroit Public Schools. There are lots of reasons – enrollment declines, increased maintenance costs, decreases in state and federal aid and a drop in property tax collections – but that doesn’t mean Detroit’s kids should go to schools that need painting, plumbing, better sports fields and even flowers.
There’s something you can do. Sign up for ARISE Detroit!’s 9th annual Neighborhood’s Day and help paint, plant gardens and flowers, repair sports fields, mow lawns, do plumb repairs, board up nearby vacant homes and more. It takes place Saturday, Aug. 1.
ARISE Detroit! and the Detroit Public Schools are asking businesses, organizations and individuals to adopt a school and help beautify it for the upcoming school year. DPS has submitted 22 schools that are seeking adoption partners for Neighborhoods Day. Each school has its own wish list and project request. Last year, 12 schools were adopted by businesses and community organizations.
“We are happy to have Detroit Public Schools again this year in our event that demonstrates pride in our city,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “Children need a safe and inviting learning environment, as well as clean and safe routes to school. Volunteers who adopt a school will make a major difference in the lives of our young people.”
ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day attracts thousands of volunteers and hundreds of organizations. Last year, more than 200 community service and improvement projects were held. The activities include cleanup projects, building new housing, back-to-school fairs, garage sales, community art displays, church programs, health fairs, youth concerts, parades, anti-crime events, and volunteer recruitment. Local block clubs, churches, associations, businesses, and community groups select the activities for their neighborhoods. ARISE Detroit! assists in the organization and promotion of the events.
Groups that want to adopt a school should e-mail their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone, 313-921-1955. A list of all the schools will be made available.