American Express and United Way for Southeastern Michigan Kick Off Year Two of “Travel with Your Mind” Program at New School – Detroit”s Cody High School

For the first of the three projects planned during the school year, American Express and Delta employees together with local parents, students, teachers and community members (including student volunteers from Henry Ford Community College, Schoolcraft College, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland Community College-Farmington and Waterford) will beautify the school grounds with plantings and benches, as well as paint classrooms, lockers and globally-themed murals.

The projects were decided upon in advance at a “Design Day” meeting in which key community members discussed and selected proposed revitalization projects based on the school’s needs.

“Making a difference in the communities where our Cardmembers and employees live and work is important to American Express,” said David Rabkin, vice president, Delta Co-brand, American Express. “We know that schools are at the heart of communities and an issue that many people care about deeply, so we’re extremely gratified to bring the Travel with Your Mind program to a second deserving school in Detroit this year.”

The “Travel with Your Mind’ theme was selected to help expose students to the new possibilities travel creates through a series of travel-related projects and multicultural initiatives – without leaving their own backyard. Two additional projects are scheduled to take place at Cody High School during the winter and spring semesters, which will be announced in early 2011.

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Founded on the belief that communities can make a positive change, HandsOn Schools applies an innovative approach to school revitalization. By uniting the collective resources of parents, communities, and corporations, HandsOn Schools aims to reestablish schools as the focal point of the community.