More than 200 people came together for Detroit Public Schools’ Osborn College Preparatory Academy on Friday, Sept. 11 on the first National Day of Service and Remembrance.

American Express and Delta Air Lines employees joined Osborn students, staff and the community on the Detroit campus for the first of three “Travel with Your Mind” projects, the credit card company’s yearlong philanthropic effort for the city. Volunteers from Macomb County and other areas spent four hours painting murals, touching up classrooms, beautifying school grounds and more.

The “Travel with Your Mind” theme was selected to help expose Osborn’s students to the new possibilities travel creates through a series of travel-related projects and multicultural initiatives – without the students ever leaving their own backyard.

“American Express has a long history of supporting causes that are important to its Cardmembers, so as more people in Detroit switch to the Delta SkyMiles Card, American Express wanted to enhance its commitment to the area by supporting a cause that is near and dear to its residents – local schools,” said David Rabkin, vice president, Delta Co-Brands, for American Express.

Even his parents – Ann Arbor residents Eric Rabkin, a University of Michigan English professor, and Elizabeth Rabkin, a retired Ann Arbor schoolteacher, pitched in.

American Express worked with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the nation, to implement “Travel with Your Mind.” Two additional projects planned for the spring and winter semesters will be announced in 2010.


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