Detroit Pistons and Oakland Schools Celebrate Inaugural Season-Long Educational Partnership
The program started last fall with the collaboration between Oakland Schools’ curriculum experts, the Palace Sports & Entertainment production team and the Pistons Come Together Community Relations platform. Pistons players starred in a series of math- and literacy-based videos for the classroom instruction, including Kyle Singler’s ‘Parabola’ lesson.
Since November, teachers, administrators and staff from the 21 participating school districts – Southfield, Oak Park, Waterford, Clarenceville, Avondale, Brandon, Troy, Lamphere, West Bloomfield, Berkley, Royal Oak, Huron Valley, Birmingham, Lake Orion, Farmington, Oxford, Bloomfield Hills, Walled Lake, Clawson, Pontiac and Oakland Schools Technical Campuses – were recognized as Game Changers at Pistons home games. They received the Pistons “VIP Courtside Experience,” including a group photo at center court with a Pistons player, and students, from their respective districts, received a Pistons ticket as a reward for academic achievement, citizenship, attendance or volunteerism.
“This Pistons and Oakland Schools collaboration was an innovative approach to teaching math and reading,” said Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports & Entertainment CEO/President. “Tonight, we’re proud to host some of the most talented educators in Oakland County and celebrate the program and its impact.”
The March 26 celebration at The Palace will also feature the Oakland Schools 2013 Teacher of the Year winners – Molly Brinker, Addams Elementary School in Royal Oak; Hadeel Azzo, John Page Middle School in Lamphere; and Angela Church, Berkley High School – and 55 Teacher of the Year nominees, who will be recognized during the game as the district tips off its 2014 Teacher of the Year season.
“Education is a community initiative and is most successful when supported by our local businesses, like the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment,” said Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, Oakland Schools Superintendent. “Oakland Schools and the local school districts in Oakland County have appreciated the support of the Pistons throughout the year and look forward to an on-going partnership.”
Learn more about the Pistons Come Together platform and Game Changers at www.pistons.com/community.