AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that Doyle/Ryder Elementary School in Flint was named the winner of a newly renovated library as a part of the “Reading Room Makeover” contest presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.
The newly renovated library at Doyle/Ryder Elementary, located at 1040 Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48503, will be unveiled during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony in September with Pistons personalities present. Pistons rookie forward Henry Ellenson and Pistons Legend Earl Cureton, along with Farm Bureau Insurance representatives and Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) employees, will kick-off the six-week renovation in a day of service on August 12.
“We congratulate the deserving students and staff of Doyle/Ryder Elementary,” said Dennis Mannion, CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons. “These youngsters deserve a new space that promotes learning and growth and we are thrilled to partner with Farm Bureau Insurance to give them that opportunity. We are pleased to work with Flint Community Schools and further reinforce Tom Gores’ mission to provide long term support for youth in his hometown.”
Last February Mr. Gores created FlintNOW, a private sector campaign to raise at least $10 million and deploy operational resources to a broad range of short- and long-term initiatives to help address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The Detroit Pistons have been active in their support of that campaign.
Over 45 schools from 21 cities across the state of Michigan submitted applications including images of their school’s library to be considered in the selection process. PS&E and Farm Bureau Insurance representatives then narrowed the applicants, visited the finalists’ sites and selected Doyle/Ryder Elementary as the winner. The school experienced two major floods in 2014 and 2015, completely wiping out their existing library. Due to lack of manpower, time and resources, the library has not been restored to its original state.
“As Michigan’s Insurance Company, Farm Bureau Insurance understands that our great state’s future lies in the hands of the young leaders that grow and learn in Michigan schools,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance Vice President of Marketing. “This understanding is why the School Makeover project with the Detroit Pistons is so near and dear to our hearts. For the fourth year in a row, we’ll be able to activate upon our E=MC2 initiative, Enriching Michigan’s Children and Communities, and give back to one of Michigan’s deserving schools. This year’s recipient, Doyle/Ryder Elementary School of Flint, is a reigning example of an exemplary program, staff and leadership who need a little help. We seek to offer this help while fueling educational aspirations and bring hope to their organization.”
The Detroit Pistons have renovated 32 facilities as part of the NBA’s Live, Learn and Play Program at schools, shelters, and hospitals in Michigan to date. The Doyle/Ryder Elementary library – complete with new technology, shelving and Pistons themed graphics and decorations – will be the 33rd facility renovated through the program.