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Total loan: $6,000

Dee

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Redford, MI, United States / Education

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A loan helped launch the 1st Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Preschool, in Detroit, Michigan.


Dee's story

There are 3 things that make me proud of starting my business. The 1st is launching Pearl SMART School in Detroit, Michigan. I am a product of Detroit, and its Public School system. I love Detroit so much, I completed my college education, and research there as well. I am a Proud graduate of University of Detroit Mercy, with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree. It is my Honor and Privilege to launch a school in the City that has raised and educated Me. The second thing I am proud of is the naming my school, “Pearl”. Pearl is my grandmother’s name, and I share it as a middle name. I honor my grandmother, and my mother, by name, because they were my first and most Inspirational teachers. The name reminds me that I represent more than Myself, and to Always be a “Gem”, despite the challenges of my surroundings. Finally, I am proud of creating Literacy Programming for a city that NEEDS Reading Support. Detroit has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the country. Almost 47% of adults in Detroit, are functionally illiterate. Almost 87% of current 3rd graders are not reading on grade level. Pearl SMART School goal is to Reduce these rates by educating children and families through STEM.