LaWanda Toney, Director of Strategic Communications
Quicken Loans to adopt Detroit’s Burton International Academy
and provide school supplies from sister company, Chalkfly
DETROIT (August 14, 2013)—Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, today announced that the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS driven by Ryan Newman will feature a special paint scheme supporting the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the Pure Michigan 400, held at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 18.
In addition to featuring a unique paint scheme on his No. 39 Chevrolet this weekend, Newman, winner of the 20th annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, made a very special visit to the Detroit Public School’s Burton International Academy Wednesday. Pulling up to the school in his No. 39 Chevrolet, Newman, an engineering graduate from Purdue University, spoke with students about the importance of staying in school and how education played an important role on his path to becoming a successful racecar driver.
“It is always fun to spend time with kids and talk with them about the relationship between racing and education,” said Newman. “They see the Quicken Loans Chevrolet and know it’s loud and goes fast, but it is also a great tool to be able to explain the engineering that goes into these machines. It shows the kids that math and science can be fun…and fast.”
Quicken Loans also put Newman to work, moving more than $7,500 in school supplies purchased by the Detroit-based company. Newman traded his racing gloves for work gloves as he carried boxes from his show car trailer into Burton International Academy, a school serving kindergarten through eighth-grade students in Detroit.
“We are excited to be partnering with the National PTA, Detroit Public Schools and the Burton International Academy on this event,” said Leslie Andrews, Director of Community Relations for Quicken Loans. “Today we created memories for these kids that will last well beyond the start of school in a few weeks and showed them that with dedication and hard work they too can achieve their dreams just like Ryan Newman did.”
The school supplies purchased by Quicken Loans for Burton International Academy came from Chalkfly (www.chalkfly.com), a sister company of Quicken Loans. Chalkfly, an office and school supply company that gives five percent of every purchase to the teacher of the customer’s choosing, also provided each teacher at Burton International Academy a special back-to-school starter kit each containing $100 worth of supplies. Chalkfly’s logo will also be featured on Newman’s No. 39 Chevrolet at this weekend’s race.
“This is a great example of collaboration between families, schools and the community to increase student success. We are thrilled about the opportunity to help a local school and give our children the opportunity to learn from a professional racecar driver like Ryan Newman." said Otha Thornton, National PTA President.
About Quicken Loans
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online home lender and the country’s third largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $70 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2012. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Quicken Loans also ranked among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 10 consecutive years. It ranked in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for the past nine years, ranking #1 in 2013. The company moved its headquarters and more than 8,000 of its 10,000 team members to downtown Detroit. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit quickenloans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuickenLoans.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. Learn more at PTA.org.