One thing that I’ve been wanting to consistently do on this blog is make you aware of the good things that are happening to revitalize the city of Detroit. Much like Stephen Clark and his #backchannel creation which encourages the viewers of WXYZ‘s newscasts to contribute to the positive stories happening within the region, I want to hear about positive things happening in Detroit. People across the country need to know that Detroit and the entire state of Michigan has a lot to offer. “Michiganders” or “Michiganians” are a passionate bunch. We want to make a difference in this community and we look for ways to DO things to make a difference rather than just talk about it.
This leads me to this week’s positive story. Detroit Servathon has been around for the last few years and sponsored by Oakland Christian School. The goal has been to raise money and make a difference in the Detroit community by having the students volunteer and serve others. What a great teaching opportunity for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade to learn about serving others.
Detroit SERVATHON 2010 now includes five other Christian schools in Southeast Michigan: Franklin Road Christian, Macomb Christian Schools, Parkway Christian School, Southfield Christian School and Washtenaw Christian Academy. Over 5,000 students from preschool to 12th grade from all schools will each have service projects to complete. You can check them out here. As a parent of an OCS student, it makes me proud be part of an educational community that teaches its students the importance of putting others needs above your own. I’m really looking forward to sitting down with my kids and talking to them about their experiences on September 23rd.
The big project for Detroit Servathon requires help from you. By now, you all have heard about Pepsi’s Refresh Project. Through the hard work of many people, including my wife Julianne, Detroit Servathon can win a grant of $50,000 to install a playground in the Detroit Community under the guidance of Central Detroit Christian. We just need you to go out and help us vote. If we can finish the month of September in the top 10 of the $50,000 grant category, we can move forward with the playground.
There are 3 ways you can vote:
- Text your vote to Pepsi at 73774 with our project code 102331 in the message area
- Click HERE to vote for DetroitServathon and our 8 partners
- “Like” the Pepsi Refresh Application on Facebook, download the app, search for “Detroit Servathon” and VOTE
You can vote all 3 ways once a day until September 30th. My hope is that we won’t need to try again in October. My challenge to the Detroit community and the rest of you reading this is to propel this project into the Top 10 THIS MONTH. If you think your vote doesn’t count, it does. Please help us make a difference.