DETROIT – On it's 25 anniversary in Detroit, Cornerstone Schools has announced it plans to nearly double its size and raise $50 million.
Cornerstone made the announcement Thursday, saying it will go from 2,800 students to 5,000 students under a new platform: the Cornerstone Education Group.
“This is what this city needs. I talked about it before, 27,000 children would get up every morning in this city and go to school some place in the suburbs because they don’t have quality choices. And to see what Cornerstone has done, educating children right here in Detroit, is remarkable,” Mayor Mike Duggan said.
The growth will be supported by the Campaign of Excellence.
Cornerstone’s annual Turning Point Invitational in August will lead the effort to raise significant funds, with the support of golf icon Jack Nicklaus, the winner of a record 18 professional major championships.
“I’m a pleased that Jack Nicklaus, along with a number of champion golfers, is coming to Michigan in August with a goal to raise $3 million to educate Detroit students at Cornerstone Schools,” said Clark Durant, co-founder of Cornerstone Schools. “Funds raised during the 13th annual Turning Point Invitational will help get Cornerstone Schools to their goal of 5,000 students.”
Cornerstone Schools students proudly sing "Ain't no stopping us now!" pic.twitter.com/EWorsrYIJc— Rod Meloni (@RodMeloni) June 30, 2016
Ways to get involved
Sponsor a classroom and play in the event with a PGA Tour professional or a past U.S. Amateur champion; sponsor a student for $2,500 and attend the exclusive pre-event dinner honoring Jack Nicklaus and the late Red Poling; or purchase a gallery ticket for $125 and enjoy a VIP experience, watching Jack Nicklaus play the historic course.
For more information on playing in the Invitational, email: Nicole.Webster@CornerstoneSchools.org.