Madonna helps Detroit school raise money for new building

Detroit Achievement Authority needs $150,000 for new building

DETROIT – The Detroit Achievement Academy is growing and hoping to move into a new building.

However, they need help. About $150,000 needs to be raised by Feb. 15 to make it happen. Fortunately, the school is getting some extra publicity from one of the most famous women in the world.

Michigan native Madonna took to Twitter on Sunday to encourage fans to donate to the school.


The school has been featured on "Ellen" and has made headlines around the world for its unique learning environment. Madonna herself visited the school last year and posted pictures of her visit on Twitter.

School leaders at Detroit Achievement Academy say they are incredibly grateful Madonna is helping raise awareness during this crucial time. They do believe they will reach their goal.

The pop icon visited Detroit this past summer looking to make a difference in her hometown and to support non profits that were changing lives.

"A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit," she said. "I'm humbled to be able to give back to my community."

She's done that in a big way. Not only did she commit to helping Detroit Achievement Academy but also to helping the Empowerment Plant and the Detroit Youth Boxing Gym. The gym also is preparing for a move to a new building, and they'll be doing so thanks to financial support from Madonna.

To make a donation to the Detroit Achievement Academy, go to

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