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June 12, 1987 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-12

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Benevolent Benefactor
Gives College Tuition


_ Jewish News Intern

What resembles an excerpt
from a Dickens novel in
which a fortunate young or-
phan is suddenly blessed with
a benefactor, has become
truer than fiction for the
graduating fifth graders of
Detroit's Roosevelt Elemen-
tary School. On Wednesday,
78 students received much
more than a typical gradua-
tion gift.They were given
$330,000 in a trust fund by
Warren Coville, ensuring
each of them a full college
scholarship. "
Coville announced the be-
ginning of Detroit's first "I
Have A Dream" scholarship
foundation at Wednesday's
graduation. The program was
inspired by multi-millionaire
Eugene Lang's privately-
funded scholarship founda-
tion in New York City. Six
years ago Lang returned to
his elementary school, P.S.
121, and announced that he
would provide college tuition
for each of the graduating
sixth graders if they re-
mained in school.
Coville, founder and
chairman of Guardian Photo,
Inc., part-owner of the De-
troit Pistons and board
member of Jewish Family
Services, while viewing an
episode of 60 Minutes,
learned of Lang's efforts. He
visited Lang last September,
and began making plans to
establish the foundation loc-
ally. Nearly 43 percent of
students who begin the ninth
grade in Detroit Public
Schools do not graduate.
"The project deals with the
source of the problem, not the
symptoms," Coville ex-
Dealing with the symp-
toms will be the, responsibil-
ity of Michelle Bonds, a full-
time staff person for the
foundation. She will work
with the children and parents
for the next seven years, as
part of Coville's philosophy:
"Our support starts now.
"We want ,to help these
kids not simply get through
school, but to help them gain
high esteem, academic
achievement, and -social
The foundation will finance
tuition at Michigan colleges
and universities for four
years. Any extra costs will be
covered by other foundations.
"One of the things we will do
for them is to assure addi-
tional scholarships if they
qualify for other schools,"
Coville said. "Hopefully we
can stimulate other individu-
als and corporations (to par-

No formalized rules as to
disqualification have been es-
tablished. "We still have to
look into the logistical as-
pects," Coville explained.
Gloria Cobbin, president of
the Detroit Board of Educa-
tion, expressed enthusiasm
concerning the program."It's
not often you get a guaran-
teed education."
"We'd love it if other people
would be willing to come
forth and support the pro-
gram. We have many stu-
dents who need it," she
The foundation was set up
only to support this small
group of students. Perhaps if
it receives more funding it
will expand as Lang's did to
help 575 students with its
$2.25 million fund.
The initial program in New
York has succeeded. In a
school in which the drop-out
rate is 75 percent, 30 mem-
bers of the, original class of
61 will graduate this June,
25 of whom plan to attend
college. Twenty more stu-
dents will graduate either
this summer or in January.
Without the program, only
one or two students from the
school would have gone to
college, a spokesman said.


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Toronto (JTA) — An anti-
Semitic flyer urging the pur-
chase of kosher products "to
help Israel" has been circulated
in much of Canada in the past
few months. It carries the logo
of a Star of David superimpos-
ed on a dollar sign and is sign-
ed by "Jews for a Richer Israel."
Spokesmen for the Canadian
Jewish Congress and B'nai
B'rith said the flyer has been
traced to an anti-Jewish group
in British Columbia. They
described it as "slick" and
The message is that buying
kosher products brings revenue
to Israel and enriches rabbis
with hundreds of millions of
dollars. "Manufacturers pay a
lot of money every year to make
their products kosher . . . the
costs are passed on to the con-
sumer, so every time you buy a
kosher product you're doing
your part to help Israel," the
flyer says.
According to Manuel
Prutschi, national community
relations director for the CJC,
and Alan Shefman of B'nai
B'rith, it has been mailed to
companies in the food business
and placed under windshield
wipers of parked cars. They
have also been mailed to
Jewish organizations.

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