High schools are latest focus of Good Schools grants

DETROIT - The third year of The Skillman Foundation's multimillion-dollar education initiative, Good Schools: Making the Grade, is currently underway, and, for the first time, Detroit high schools can participate along with elementary and middle schools.

The deadline for applications is November 2 for elementary and middle schools and January 16, 2007, for high schools. Over the past two years, The Skillman Foundation awarded more than $3.3 million in Good Schools grants to Detroit elementary and middle schools.

"Schools have received individual awards of up to $100,000 to implement, expand or improve programs that are helping their students achieve," said Dr. Alison Harmon, program director in charge of Good Schools at The Skillman Foundation. "It's particularly timely that we are adding high schools this fall, because the entire country is talking about improving standards for high school graduation and reducing the dropout rate. The Good Schools: Making the Grade initiative addresses both of these issues."

All Detroit schools - traditional public, private, public charter and religious - that meet the basic requirements for being recognized as Good Schools are eligible to participate in the initiative. Application forms are available online at www.goodschoolsdetroit.org or by calling the Good Schools Resource Center at 313.927.1418

The Skillman Foundation created the Good Schools Resource Center to provide technical assistance, consultative support and resources to schools aspiring to be Good Schools. In addition, the Center manages the Good Schools application process and community outreach.

Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping children in metropolitan Detroit by improving their homes, schools and neighborhoods. Skillman grantmaking supports nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties, with a special emphasis on organizations working in the city of Detroit.