Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Robert Shumake Academy for the Advancement of Green Business

Imagine a charter school that trains CEOs of the future. Picture a safe, forward-thinking public academy that teaches middle and high school students not only reading, writing and arithmetic, but financial acumen, real estate, and business leadership with a conscience. That’s the mission of the Shumake Academy for the Advancement of Green Business and Real Estate in Detroit.

I am writing to ask for your support of the Shumake Academy by writing a letter urging Lake Superior State University to award a charter to this worthwhile school.

Envisioned by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert S. Shumake, the academy will educate the next generation of leaders, and prepare them to compete in a global economy. We believe it is of critical importance to have a school like this located in Detroit, offering Detroit students unparalleled opportunity to earn their place at the forefront of the new global economy.

Here are some tenets of the school’s curriculum, based on the award-winning Kipp Academy of Houston, and written using a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Education:

Shumake Academy will have flat screen TVs broadcasting Bloomberg News in the hallways, a Wall Street Journal in every classroom and a laptop on every desk.

Shumake Academy will partner with major corporations, inviting CEOs to forge relationships with students and participate in their education. Students will serve internships at these same companies, and earn college credits before they graduate.

The curriculum at this charter academy will not be easy. Parents will have to sign a contract declaring their support of longer instructional days and mandatory summer classes. But Shumake believes that is the only way to prepare students for success in our ever more competitive world.

The school’s mission is in keeping with Shumake’s life’s work to make education accessible to minority youth as a path to financial success and empowerment. “Education is always the foundation for wealth but entrepreneurship is how you create it,” Shumake has said.


We need your help to make this dream become a reality. If you would like to support the Shumake Academy for the Advancement of Green Business and Real Estate, we ask that you write a letter to the decision-maker at Lake Superior State University at the following address:

Bruce T. Harger, Ph.D.
Director of Public School Academy Operations
Lake Superior State University
650 W. Easterday Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783
Telephone: 906-632-6841
Fax: 906-635-2111