JUNE 2021
The Emily and Henry Ford III, 2nd Annual Golf Outing at TPC Michigan on Monday, June 21st is SOLD OUT
Thank you to all our sponsors and donors!
We'll see you on June 21st for fun, games, and great prizes – All for a great cause!

DPSCD Summer Programming!
Summer Programming is scheduled at 44 DPSCD schools (28, K-8; 15, 9-12; and 6 Exception Student Education Center sites) offering families and students (currently enrolled and new Fall students) great options for summer enrichment and recreational activities from July 12, 2021-August 5, 2021. Monday - Thursday morning academic activities and afternoon recreational activities with play activities all day on Friday.

Welcome Dr. Iris Taylor!
We welcome our newest Board Member, Dr. Iris Taylor, elected to the DPS Foundation Board at the February 2021 Board Meeting. After a stellar 40-year career at the Detroit Medical Center, Iris A. Taylor retired March 27, 2015. The native Detroiter received her bachelor and master degrees in Nursing and her doctorate of Philosophy from Wayne State University. She was named one of Detroit’s 100 Most Influential Women in 2002 and 2007 by Crain’s Detroit Business. Dr. Taylor served as board President of the Detroit Public Schools Community District for four years and is currently vice chair of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. Iris is honored to now serve as Nursing Director for the Detroit Health Department.

Evrod Cassimy Partners with DPS Foundation!
Evrod Cassimy, Morning Anchor on WDIV/ClickOnDetroit.com, has released his new single, “Good Enough” with 100% of mask sale proceeds donated to the DPS Foundation!

Evrod says his deep connection to education stems from his parents. “Both of my parents are retired educators, so education has always been very important to me. I’m thankful for the front-line workers within DPSCD who have worked tirelessly to provide for students during the pandemic. I wrote this song to inspire others to keep fighting through all the challenges this past year has brought us. The mask serves as a reminder to never give up because we’re all Good Enough.”

David Baker Lewis Supports our Detroit College Promise Scholarship Program!
For those that know David Baker Lewis, you know that his heart will forever be in the City of Detroit. What you may not know is that his commitment to the children of DPSCD is unwavering. Detroit College Promise Scholarships are important to David Baker Lewis as education was a priority in his family. David shared that the work of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation is critical and he is so pleased to support our scholarship program.

Detroit College Promise Scholarship
Students Need Your Support!
Forty Detroit College Scholarship (DCP) applicants jumped through all the hoops and will be receiving scholarships at a virtual award ceremony on August 5, 2021! We have $40,000 to raise to meet our $80,000 goal! 

These students have endured the unimaginable and deserve to further their education, uninterrupted. Tiera Barnett is a Class of 2021 Senior at Cass Technical High School, matriculating to Oakland Community College, majoring in Mental Health and Social Work.

Office of Homeless and Foster Care’s (OHFC) New Pantry June Opening
One of the most important projects to date was assisting the District’s OHFC this past year in raising over $140,000 to support 1,500 plus homeless students and families. Funding from our generous donors helped in a myriad of ways. We were able to establish a pantry at OHFC’s offices at Frederick Douglass Academy, as well as invested in an inventory and distribution electronic tracking system, shelving, containers and labels, and items such as laundry supplies, personal hygiene products, clothing and school supplies. Still in the establishment phase, the OHFC is looking to open in June, setting up three rooms to service families.

End of School Year/Fiscal Year Campaign!
The Detroit Public Schools Foundation’s mission is to create and enhance educational opportunities for DPSCD students, families and educators and we are committed to living this on a daily basis. We more than exceeded our restricted/program fundraising goal, but we still need to raise $75,000 for general operating support.  

Please consider making an End of Fiscal Year/End of School Year donation!
Director Highlight:
Alumnae Rian Barnhill 
As Olympia Development's Vice President, Government Affairs and Community Relations, Detroit native and resident Rian English Barnhill leads the real-estate development company’s community impact efforts. Rian collaborates with residents, businesses, community organizations, and public leaders to advance the company's commitment to delivering new jobs for Detroiters, expanding access to affordable housing, and rejuvenating the city and neighborhoods with distinctive construction and redevelopment of storied landmarks. 

Rian is a proud 2001 graduate of Renaissance High School and went to Tennessee State University, an HBCU. This summer, she will be starting her Executive MBA journey at Yale University while working for Olympia Development and being a wife, mother, and engaged community member.