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One school, one city: Detroit Day takes over Greenhills

For the third time in six years, the entirety of  Greenhills — students and faculty alike — recently embarked on the school’s biennial Detroit Day, decamping from school in favor of the many opportunities to volunteer available across the Motor City. 

The school organizes a service day every year, but every other year organizer Alyssa Friendly, the school’s service learning director, dedicates the day solely to _Group All-Schoolvolunteering with organizations within Detroit. This year, most students were matched by their interests to served one of 14 organizations across the city.

“Being a part of Detroit Day was an uplifting and incredible experience because it helped our entire school see the world beyond us and help our community,” said Moira Cummings, a sophomore who served on the committee that planned the event. “This day is designed to have our students begin to make a difference, and I’m so happy that I could be a part of enabling this change to happen.”

Other students agreed.

“Detroit Day means coming together as a community and making small impacts all around the city while striking to understand ourselves and the people around us,” said senior Melanie Stewart.

For Flickr photo albums of photos taken at a variety of sites around Detroit, please click herehere, and here

Friendly said she was glad to see her students engage fully with the community.

“Detroit Day is such a great opportunity to learn,” Friendly said. “It’s a learning experience for Greenhills faculty, too, as we get a chance to see up close how compassionate and involved our students can be.”

This year’s volunteer sites included:

  • Arts n Scraps
  • Brush Park Manor
  • Detroit Achievement Academy
  • Detroit Prep School
  • Focus:HOPE
  • Gleaners Food Bank
  • Mary McLeod Bethune School
  • Michigan Urban Farming Initiative
  • Motor City Blight Busters
  • Neighbors Building Brightmoor
  • Oak Pointe Senior Care
  • Recovery Park
  • Roosevelt Park, and
  • Trix Performance Academy.
Saturday, April 24
Open to anyone ages 16 and up. Limited quantities available.
Greenhills is closed for mid-winter break and will return on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

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