We made an offer to print over 3 million business cards for the Detroit Public Schools FREE 1 year ago. Like many school districts, they were financially hurting (and still are). We had a representative from the DPS administration visit us at our facility to see if we were serious and legit. We had an on-going correspondence with different people within the DPS. Here is the actual Press Release.
Like many in our area, 1 year ago this week, we were all impressed by the work Dr. Bob was doing with the Detroit Public Schools (I am still impressed with his work). Bill Cosby came to town and went door-to-door with Dr. Bob with the DPS’s “I’m In” campaign. The Parade Company donated a number of floats to the Back-to-school parade. We were genuinely caught up in it all and wanted to do what we could. A year later, whatever the reason, they were unable to capitalize on our offer.
It still perplexes me a little that it didn’t work out. I think it may come down to public versus private thing. Not public school versus private schools but public organizations versus private ones. They run differently and are filled with different mentalities. I know the DPS wasn’t struggling because they had to pay for their business cards. But every bit would help; especially for an organization struggling financially as much as the DPS. As I look at the Public and Private business landscape, it is more clear than ever that private companies, big and small, don’t have the same room for error that the public organizations do. Either way, there is always a clarion call for good leadership and well run organizations; public or private. And for organizations to capitalize on timely opportunities.
I do hope that the DPS, and specifically Dr. Bob and his team, are able to turn the corner. We’re rooting for them.