The Ideal Donor
Giving back. It’s what the Frank Venegas, chairman of The Ideal Group in Southwest Detroit, believes in. He’s making a real difference in the lives of students.
He’s Detroit 2020’s Person of the week.
The Ideal Group makes and distributes things like protective barrier products and provides construction services.
Not far away from Ideal is Detroit Cristo Rey High School.
During a visit to the school, he noticed there were not enough computers.
So Frank Venegas acted.
He bought each student an iPad. One for each of the 46 seniors at Cristo Rey.
He also bought one for each teacher and administrator. 62 iPads in all.
“I think it’s worked out just great for everyone because they not only have an opportunity to use it at school, they use it at home, and they network with each other and help each other with homework…it’s just been incredible,” Venegas told Detroit 2020.
When the students got their iPads—they had to sign a contract—to retake the ACT test…and that they would apply to college by the end of 2011.
So what happened?
ACT scores went up…and 92 percent of the seniors at Cristo Rey have been accepted to college.
“We feel each of our students is ready to go to college and compete academically, and that gift of the ipad had a lot to do with it,” said Mike Khoury, President of Detroit Cristo Rey High School.
That’s not all Venegas and The Ideal Group does for Cristo Rey.
The company also participates in the school’s corporate work sponsor program.
One day a week, a student works at Ideal…and the company pays for their tuition for that part of the year.
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