The holidays wouldn’t be complete without America’s Thanksgiving Parade, an 86 year tradition.
This year the General Motors Foundation is participating in a big way. The Foundation has sponsored a float in America’s Thanksgiving Parade that is a celebration of education and a showcase of its commitment to investing in America’s youth – the next generation of innovators.
The 17 foot tall by 60 foot long float features a futuristic scene with two students leaving high school and choosing which educational road to take: Science Way, Math Lane, Engineering Road and Technology Highway.
The GM Foundation has many educational partnerships dedicated to helping students pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). One partnership that helped to inspire the float was that of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The GM Foundation donated $27.1 million to United Way to create a “Network of Excellence” and immerse local students in seven Detroit-area high schools in STEM cirricula and raise graduation rates by 30 percent over five years.
“This float is GM Foundation demonstrating its commitment to the youth and families of our community,” said Michael J. Brennan, United Way for Southeastern Michigan president and CEO. “We are delighted by the forward-looking view of the work we are doing now to transform high schools throughout the tri-county region.”
Designed and built by The Parade Company, the float took six months to be completed, but the waiting and work paid off when the float was recently unveiled by teamGM Cares Volunteers, “Network of Excellence” principals and United Way of Southeastern Michigan representatives. The public will be able to see the float live on WDIV when it makes the trek down Woodward with GM employees from across the company riding on top or marching alongside.
“America’s Thanksgiving Parade will give viewers across the nation a glimpse into the many wonderful facets of Detroit, and the GM Foundation is honored to part of this wonderful showcase of our city,” said Karen Nicklin, manager, GM Foundation.
To see the GM Foundation’s float in this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade, go to http:www.clickondetroit.com to watch it live on the web or check this list (courtesy of The Parade Company) to see where you can view it in your area on TV.