DEARBORN - The Advanced Technology Academy, a K-12 Michigan Public Charter School, welcomed 30 members of the Ford Volunteer Corps to campus during the week of July 2. The Ford interns took a break from their regular summer assignment to beautify the Academy’s administrative office. Advanced Technology Academy is located on Oakman Boulevard less than one mile from the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn.
Barry T. Hawthorne, Executive Director of the Academy, said “ When the academy purchased the property from Davenport University in 2009 our priority was and still is the main school building. The administrative office building located directly across the street from the school had been a low priority. It has received minimal maintenance during the past decade. We are very pleased with the exterior upgrade to the administration building. This beautification project would not have been possible without the support of the Ford Volunteer Corps.”
Steve Quinlan, Director of Institutional Advancement, coordinated the volunteers while they were on campus. “We are always happy to have the members of the Ford Volunteer Corps on campus. The Volunteer Corps have worked on 11 volunteer projects since September 2010, contributing 950 volunteer hours by 156 participants. The Volunteer Corps has assisted the Academy with a variety of projects including installing playground equipment, assembling a greenhouse and a sandbox, painting a mural, career exploration and mock interviews.”
Painting the exterior of the administrative office is the largest project the volunteers have tackled at the Academy. Prior to the volunteers’ arrival, a retired Ford Design Executive from the Product Development Center selected the colors and paint scheme for the project. Chuck Marks from One Services, a commercial general contractor, supervised the volunteers. Despite temperatures in the high 90’s and two days of rain the Ford Volunteers were able to pick up the pace and finish on time.
Quinlan added, “We had an exceptional group of volunteers. Not only did they finish the exterior painting of the administrative office, they were also able to paint three class rooms in the school building and organize / inventory the school uniforms on rain days. A big thank you from all of us at Advanced Technology Academy to the Ford Volunteer Corps.”
Advanced Technology Academy’s Administrative Office Before and After