A group of DTE Energy volunteers helped kick off this year’s Red Cross Ready program on September 27 at Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy in Detroit.
These employee volunteers were in the Red Cross Ready program, an elementary school initiative that teaches the fundamentals of preparedness including fire safety, and the importance of making a preparedness plan with your family. The program ends with a celebration and prizes for participating children.
The high school program, Team Red, kicks off in October. This service learning program not only teaches the fundamentals of preparedness but also teaches Hands Only (Citizen) CPR, fire prevention, and awareness.
In 2011, the American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Region and the DTE Energy Foundation launched a new program in Detroit area schools to teach area youths how to prevent and prepare for disasters such as fire.
Thanks to the generous funding and support from the DTE Energy Foundation, Red Cross Ready and Team Red are being implemented at the elementary and high school levels by Red Cross staff and volunteers during the 2012-13 academic year.”
“This youth initiative through the Red Cross Clubs is an investment in the health, safety and well-being of the people of Southeastern Michigan that will make a difference in our community for years to come,” said Fred Shell, president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “The people of DTE Energy recognize the critical role that the Red Cross plays in our community and we’re very proud to support their efforts to make Southeastern Michigan a safer and more prepared place to live, work and grow.”
“We are grateful to the DTE Energy Foundation for their generous support with this program,” states La Forice Nealy, Regional Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Region. “Preparedness and education are the best defenses against disaster. We hope this program will inform and help our community.”
There are currently 17 partner schools and organizations involved in the programs, located in areas with the highest rate of home fires in Detroit.
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