There was a problem at Detroit’s Mackenzie school Tuesday morning, but it was a good one.
Outside there was a line of cars, buses, parents and kids trying to get in. The school is full and there’s a waiting list.
District Emergency Manager Jack Martin said he doesn’t mind having to deal with those types of problems. He wants to raise attendance by 5,000 students -- and early indications are that the district may be reaching that number.
What’s changing? Martin said there’s been an intense investment in arts, music and pre-kindergarten programs. Parents are getting more involved, too.
"I think everything we set out to do, we needed to do, to open the schools, I think everybody has done a stellar job," Martin said.
Safety is one of the keys to getting kids to school.
With so many street lights out, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said volunteers are coming out to help usher students back and forth.
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Neighbors are also being asked to leave their porch lights on for students.
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