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Detroit Public Schools gets $500K to restore sports, arts, music programs


by Jennifer Chambers

Detroit — Sports, art and music are returning to elementary and middle schools at Detroit Public Schools after a donation by the United Auto Workers, Ford Motor Co., the Ford Motor Company Fund and the DPS Foundation.

Every student in grades K-8 at DPS will have the opportunity to play in an organized sport and every DPS elementary and middle school will offer arts/music programs, due to funding and a partnership announced Friday.

The UAW-Ford National Programs Center will provide $355,000, Ford Motor Company Fund $125,000 and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation $60,000 to support the initiative. DPS is working with other partners and will use other non-general fund sources to provide the remaining operating costs of the program, estimated at $1.2 million annually, DPS officials said.

“With these organizations’ support, I am confident that Detroit Public Schools will provide the necessary enrichment experiences our children need in order to grow into well-rounded, dynamic and accomplished adults,” said Emergency Manager Jack Martin.

DPS will partner with several private and nonprofit providers, including Healthy Kids Inc., The Horatio Williams Foundation and Courageous Inc. to offer organized sports team competitions for each grade level during the school year, school officials said.

Fall sports will include soccer, basketball and football; winter sports will include basketball and others.

The combined programs will constitute a new DPS Elementary-Middle School League. DPS high school athletics are conducted through the Public School League. Team sports will begin as soon as Oct. 7.

Registration information is being sent home to parents Friday. Sign-up for fall sports will take place at schools Wednesday.



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