The Pillar - June 2019 - Cornerstone Schools
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The Pillar – June 2019

Partner Morning
Adopt-A-Classroom Comes to Partner Morning!
We wrapped up our 2018/19 Partner Morning in early June with a Cultural Exploration theme. Students and Partners created themed crafts together while discussing diverse local and international cultures.
What made this year even better? Longtime Cornerstone Partners Jack Krasula and Fabienne and Brian Potestivo participated in the Adopt-A-Classroom program.
They recruited eight to ten friends to join them in volunteering in the Partner Program and were each able to support an entire classroom of students in the Partner Program.
You can do the same by contacting
Individualized Learning at Cornerstone
Individualized learning means tailoring classroom techniques to meet each student’s unique learning style. It may sound daunting, though it’s actually something our teachers do every day.
Learn more about how Individualized Learning is in use at Cornerstone in one of the latest articles on our Three Pillars blog.
Meet the Kyles Family
Althea Kyles, social worker and Cornerstone parent, says the main reason she loves Washington-Parks Academy is the culture.
“I chose Cornerstone because it is like a family here,” she told us. “I love the opportunities they offer the students and I was most impressed with the individualized programs that cater to the students’ needs.”
Read more about the Kyles family’s experience with Cornerstone schools at the link below.
Thank You, Ford Chassis Purchasing!
We’re very grateful to the employees of Ford Chassis Purchasing and their supplier partners. This Ford Motor Company division has generously supported Cornerstone in many ways, including sending volunteers to mentor students at our Partner Mornings and hosting the annual Ford-Cornerstone Schools Golf Outing for the past 15 years.
The Ford-Cornerstone Schools Golf Outing provides additional financial resources to further develop our unique programs. We truly appreciate this multi-organizational partnership which helps prepare Cornerstone students to lead fulfilling lives.
This year’s golf outing will be held at the Dearborn Country Club on Monday, July 8.
Thank you, employees of Ford Chassis Purchasing, for all you do for Cornerstone students! 
Celebrating the Class of 2019
This year’s seniors at Cornerstone Health + Technology High School are a class to be celebrated.
As the fourth graduating class and the first group of students to attend our high school for all four years, we think they’re pretty special and they’ve demonstrated that they are.
This class of 105 students received 350+ college acceptance letters and was awarded scholarships totaling over $3.5 million.
We’re so proud of you, Class of 2019! 
Cornerstone Eighth Graders Take Historical Tour
Thirty-four 8th grade students from the Madison-Carver Academy, along with students from Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy, Washington-Parks Academy and Lincoln-King Academy took their annual Cornerstone end-of-the-year trip in early June.
The focus of this year’s trip was college readiness and African-American history. Students visited historically black colleges located in the heart of Atlanta, including Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.
Students also visited Montgomery, Alabama, touring the Martin Luther King Visitor Center and Birth Home, the EJI National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Rosa Parks Museum.
This is another way we educate our students beyond the classroom, helping them to develop the thoughts and skills they need to lead a fulfilling life.
Free Family Summer Fun in Detroit
Making summer memories can sometimes be expensive, but not if you know where to look.
Detroit has a full calendar of FREE, fun family-friendly activities that will give children a chance to be active and maybe even learn something too!
We’ve put together some ideas for family fun for you and your family. Just click the button below to check them out.
Update on the Road to Senegal
In early July, two Cornerstone Health + Technology High School students, Brandon Harrell and Da’laye Ford, and principal Jared Davis will be traveling to Senegal, joining Youth for Global Health & Social Justice in their mission to provide clean water to villages in that country.
There’s one more fundraising event, a benefit featuring Luis Resto and Pathe Jassi, scheduled for June 28 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
The Road to Senegal participants will arrive in Senegal on July 4 and we’ll be sharing the details of their trip on our Facebook page when they return. Don’t miss it. Make sure you’re
following us on Facebook!
We’re Looking for IT Volunteers
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? If you’re an IT professional, you can help bring the Microsoft TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy) “Intro to Computer Science” course to Cornerstone students.
You’ll share your industry experience and expertise in the classroom at Cornerstone Health + Technology High School.
Interested? Please email instructor Johnnie Young at for details.
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