Friday, April 28, 2017

Sam Gramer - 8th Grade

With the help of my sister and parents, together we made 100 activity bags to give to children who need to visit or stay at Children's Hospital of Detroit. Activity bags are often given to patients who have to wait in the clinic areas, the Emergency Department or sometimes to patients that are not able to leave their inpatient room at the hospital. We hope that the activity bags will help to keep the children occupied and put a smile on their faces.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lawson Simich - 8th Grade

My name is Lawson Simich; I am an eighth grader here at DCDS, and I am a Boy Scout at Troop 1032. My troop does a lot of service projects around the community, and we are rewarded with pride in the accomplishment. An example of an activity was when we went to Pontiac and helped a public-school pack Thanksgiving dinners for those who couldn't afford it. Many people from local schools were there, and we worked to give these people a happy Thanksgiving. Another thing we did was build a massive mobile greenhouse for a farm, which specifically helped feed the local poor as well. Things like this make us feel great about ourselves, knowing that we helped someone that day. Most of the time we work at our church, which is the FUMC (First United Methodist Church), where we get a lot done; we planted trees, cleaned the grounds and helped with food drives. Every year, we have one weekend we call "Scout Sunday" where we go on Saturday morning to the FUMC (First United Methodist Church) and we help them out all day. The best one for everyone is probably the Eagle projects, which is the final step in becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting. The last step is to do some kind of project that helps the community in some way shape or form. When our friends are doing this, it gives us pride that we are helping our friends complete the last part of their scout journey. People at school who are with me in Boy Scout Troop 1032 are Chris Davis, Chris Gilmer-Hill, Griffin Geiger, Carson Chao, Christian Bepler, Abhinav Reddy, Mason Kosch, Alex Matthews, Rajeev Khabhatla, Jake Ross, Brody Ross, and Henson Strasberg.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ian Zhu - 9th Grade

Ian Zhu took a trip to Miami during spring break to receive golf lessons from his coach. While there, Ian decided to teach others how to golf by volunteering at The First Tee. With that, he learned the value and the joy of giving back to the community and contributing to society.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Keegan Haines '14

Keegan Haines, Class of 2014, recently spearheaded a fundraising event with his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon of Arizona State University, which supported the Gordie Howe Alzheimer’s Foundation. This inaugural event, included playing a hockey game against the Arizona Coyote NHL Alumni team on February 3rd. DKE raised over $6,000, which the Coyote alumni matched. Keegan was also invited to attend and play in the Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Am Hockey Tournament in Calgary the weekend of April 7th. For more information about the foundation, please visit:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Akash Rau - 11th Grade

I had a t-shirt drive at DCDS last year and I was able to bring over 100 t-shirts for the children at an orphanage, Sri Krishna Balaniketan, in South India. There I was able to teach the children how to use Microsoft Office as well as teach them conversational English. It was amazing to see their reactions when they opened their boxes of shirts. Their smiles really made me feel how great of an impact I made in their community.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Amaris Grubaugh - 4th grade

I was asked in a class at church to find something I was concerned about, and then work to do something to help people. In February, to go along with Valentine's Day, I decided to try and do something to help refugees. Refugees are people who may have lost their homes, or are fleeing war, famine, or disease. They are often scared about their future. Refugees include those who can be old or young. I am selling Love a Refugee bracelets to raise awareness that refugees are human beings, and to raise money to help support their needs.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Class of 2023

Service Learning is an important part of the 6th grade team's commitment to helping students make a positive difference in the world around them. For more than fifteen years we have partnered with Alcott Elementary school in Pontiac. DCDS students are paired with a student in Kindergarten - 2nd grade; visiting with the students twice during the year to read and leave them with books to add to their personal home library. In the months between visits, sixth graders write to their elementary 'buddy' and send hats, mittens, playground toys, and holiday treats. Making a difference in the lives of our Alcott buddies has become a tradition that we look forward to in a very personal way each month.