DPS students with great attendance, All-City Choir members, and
football champions recognized at Detroit Bowl game
Some 1,500 Detroit Public Schools vocalists, athletes and
families with students demonstrating excellent attendance this
school year were among those honored at Ford Field in downtown
Detroit on December 26, 2012 for the 16thannual
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The game, featuring Central
Michigan and Western Kentucky, was broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Central Michigan won, 24 to 21.
Bowl organizers provided 1,300 free seats for DPS to use as an
attendance incentive and an opportunity for the district to
underline one of its major goals for the 2012-13 school year
DPS selected the 20 schools with the highest overall attendance,
year-to-date, as of November 30, all of which had school-wide
attendance greater than 92 percent and as high as 97 percent.
Each of those schools received a block of tickets to recognize
students with the highest individual attendance or other
attendance achievement, along with parents and guardians.
Students from these schools attended: Bates, Bennett, Carson, Cass
Tech, Chrysler, Clemente, Clippert, Davis Aerospace, Davison,
Foreign Language Immersion, Garvey, Harms, Ludington Magnet,
Maybury, Neinas, Priest, Renaissance, Robeson, and Schulze.
This public recognition adds to the other Detroit Public Schools
salutes being set for the game, including a 220 student voice
All City Choir singing the National Anthem; an on-field
recognition of the entire, historic two-time state Division 1
championship Cass Technical High School football team, their
coaches, and principal; and a special video tribute to the
unique and innovative new student tutoring program at East
English Village Preparatory Academy/J.E. Clark Academy funded
entirely by Lear Corp.
The Technicians of Detroit Public Schools’ Cass Technical High
School, their Coach Thomas Wilcher and his staff, and
Principal Lisa Phillips had an on-field recognition during the
first quarter. The team, who last year stunned the same opponent
49-13 to become the first Detroit Public School League team to
win the MHSAA Division 1 state football championship, beat the
Shamrocks of Catholic Central again at Ford Field last month,
this time by a score of 36-21, to capture the first back-to-back
state championship in PSL football history.
Cass Tech’s state championship team will send more than a dozen of
its student athletes to college on four-year scholarships.
A new video was presented on the Field’s video boards telling the
story of the 103 tutors who are
actively engaged, trained, and tutoring middle school
students at Clark Preparatory
Academy four days each week. The East English Village high
school students are doing this through a unique partnership with
Lear Corp, which has brought
on retired teachers and principals to
organize the program, provided
necessary training when needed, supplied a new
computer for every classroom
teacher, 20 new computers,
and a semi-truck load
of office furniture, as well as
the portfolios and pocket quality check cards each tutor
receives. Lear has also provided
timekeeping clocks for
fingerprint recognition, because these students are also
receiving income for their tutoring, and have had financial
literacy programs and bank accounts set up for them.