DETROIT (WWJ) – You can be a Tiger For Kids, and help them get a good education. Cornerstone Schools in Detroit is hosting the 8th annual “Be A Tiger For Kids” event August 20th at Comerica Park, when the Tigers host the Minnesota Twins. It’s a fundraiser for the school, which will provide scholarships for 550 students. Tickets for the event are 50 dollars.
“The very first thing we’re going to have is our Rock-n-Roar tailgate party,” said Cornerstone Schools President and CEO Ernestine Sanders. “It begins at 4:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Woodward and Montcalm, right outside the stadium. It features food, fun, facepainting, games and activities for the entire family. It’s really exciting to be there right outside the ballpark. And then you get to the game and a special commemorative t-shirt to wear to the game.”
Sanders tells WWJ that the donation of 50 dollars or more will allow more kids in grades pre-k through 11th grade to receive an excellent education. And in a city where fewer than half of kids graduate from high school, Sanders said the numbers from Cornerstone are very impressive.
“More than 95 per cent of Cornerstone students graduate from high school, and over 90 per cent of them go on to pursue higher education. And every student who graduates from high school will go on to make a positive impact in the city of Detroit and other communities. ”
Sanders says every student who attends Cornerstone is on some kind of scholarship.
“But what we really try to do is meet the need of every child who comes. And this event helps us to do that. But we do ask every parent to pay something, even though many families in the school have a real financial struggle. But all children deserve a quality education,” said Sanders.
Visit Cornerstone Schools’ official site for more information.