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Join us for Slow Roll Aug. 21 at Southeastern High School

Detroit Public Schools Community District will host a Slow Roll ride on Monday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Southeastern High School to welcome, support, celebrate new DPSCD families.

Pathways to Potential success coaches will be on site to collect new or gently-used uniform donations for DPSCD students to ensure their attendance in class every day. In exchange for uniform donations, individuals will be entered to a win a new Schwinn Bikes bicycle. Riders may also donate through the DPS Foundation donation website to be entered to win. www.dpsfdn.org/donate

In addition to the Slow Roll line-up of food trucks and vendors, DPSCD will showcase various programs. The student-led farm stands will sell fresh, organic produce grown at Drew Farm and the DPSCD PD Safe Routes to School program will seek pledges to be the Eyes & Ears of our communities. Slow Roll riders and community members are also invited to discover the unique programs and offerings at DPSCD and pre-enroll their children.

Monday, August 21, 2017

5:30 p.m. registration

6:30 p.m. start

Southeastern High School

3030 Fairview St. Detroit MI 48214 — at Southeastern High School (Michigan).

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