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Education

DPS wants businesses to adopt schools

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Detroit Public Schools is recruiting businesses to adopt schools for academic and beautification projects. Angela Hoston heads the program:

"The goal is to have every school have a partner, and not just one partner but multiple partners. We want to raise the academic achievement levels of the bottom one-third of every classroom, and get them to the highest achievement level possible."

Hoston says each business can work with a principal to craft a unique program based on what the school needs and what the business can offer.

The initiative was announced at Gompers Elementary, where staff from the Doubletree Fort Shelby Hotel have built a garden and mentor students.

A kickoff event for the B.O.L.D. program is scheduled for Thursday January 27, 2011, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Renaissance High School, 6565 W. Outer Drive. Businesses and organizations will learn more about how they can get involved in the program.

To sign up or to learn more, call (313) 870-3799, email businesscorps@detroitk12.org or visit http://detroitk12.org/businesscorps.