Providing Bus Transportation to Kindergarten and First Graders
Detroit Achievement Academy is a new Charter School that will be opening this fall in Northwest Detroit. By embracing Expeditionary Learning, DAA will teach subjects through the lens of a broader topic, so students will be learning in the context of the community and the world in which they live. Brightmoor, one of Detroit’s most impoverished neighborhoods, is only two miles away, but due to transportation issues, these children have no way of getting to this awesome new school. By providing bus transportation, we are able to transport these children to a school where they will be able to learn, thrive and forge a new educational path.
We hope that this donation will be the start of a mutually beneficial and strong partnership with DAA.
Building a Community Garden
Summer in the City is a volunteer organization that focuses on creating summer service activities in Detroit focused around the three P’s: Paint, Plant & Play. BARD's grant will provide the opportunity to create a community garden near SITC's headquarters in Southwest Detroit. This garden will be a work-space for a dozen high school volunteers each week, and a learning space and food source for 40 campers from Latino Mission Society and local community neighbors.
3. Racquet Up Detroit
Send Students To Summer Camp!
Summer break. You know the drill. Long idle days. Not for the Racquet Up kids! Because of your support we were able to provide funding to send the RU students to summer squash, art, recreation and academic camps. The best part? The students get to choose which camp they would like to attend!
30 Kids Reading at Grade Level in 6 Weeks
Beyond Basics is committed to raising children’s proficiency scores in disadvantaged neighborhoods by getting children reading at grade level or above in only 6 weeks. Because of your support we were able to provide tutor support to help 30 children accomplish this goal. By teaching a child to read, you not only are expanding their horizons but preparing them for a productive future.
5. Work of Art
Art Supplies to a Classroom for a Year
Work of Art receives requests from teachers looking to integrate art education into their classroom curriculum. Due to budgetary and programming cuts, decreased funding for arts is a widespread issue in the school system. By funding art supplies to a classroom, students have an additional outlet to better understand academic subjects, and also build critical thinking and communication skills. Increased funding to the arts give students access to a well-rounded learning experience within the classroom.
6. Detroit Swims
Teach 30 Kids to Swim
Michigan is fondly referred to at the “Great Lakes State” as we have countless bodies of water and awesome recreational waterfronts. Sadly, many children in Detroit are not able to take advantage of one of Michigan's best assets because they do not know how to swim. The drowning rate of children in Detroit is three times greater than that of children in a rural setting. Because of your support, we are able to provide swimming lessons for 30 children. This life skill will allow them to be able to enjoy our many gorgeous lakes and rivers and keep them safe.