“Muffins with Mom” at Mark Twain!

Mark Twain School for Scholars hosted “Muffins with Mom” on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Parent participation was extremely encouraging – nearly 150 moms, grandmothers and guardian moms attended the event! The event was organized to increase parent participation and involvement.

Detroit Public Schools Foundation in partnership with Detroit ‘Little Libraries’ Project Receives Big Boost to Ensure Free Books for Students

National Life Group and GLP & Associates sponsor all remaining Little Libraries to help Detroit become first city in the US to feature one in every school

As part of Detroit Little Libraries’ “97 Schools” project, National Life Group and GLP & Associates will be sponsoring 40 little libraries in Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) to complete the goal of ensuring every DPSCD school has access to a Little Free Library. The sponsorship will meet DPSCD’s goal of planting a little library in all 97 Detroit Public Schools and providing all Detroit students with access to free books.

Jimmy Pollack, Managing Partner for GLP & Associates, will be announcing details of the sponsorship at a press conference to be held at Neinas Elementary School. He will be joined by DPS Foundation staff, DPSCD superintendent, Alycia Meriweather, as well as Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Libraries. Little Free Libraries, which are built to resemble schoolhouses, are small containers filled with books that anyone can take, read and keep.

Many DPSCD students struggle to find books to read, especially over the summer months. According to a study from former University of Michigan professor, Dr. Susan Newman, there is one book for every 42 children in Detroit. These statistics inspired Meriweather to reach out to Detroit Little Libraries and begin the “97 Schools” project.

“We are thrilled that National Life Group and GLP & Associates are bringing DPSCD one step closer to installing a little library in every school,” said Meriweather. “Literacy has been one of our main areas of focus, and when we saw little libraries popping up around Detroit, we saw the potential to put this focus into action and involve the Detroit community in ushering in a new era for our city’s schools. This sponsorship supports our mission of ensuring that every student has access to quality literature.”

“As a partner in providing enhanced educational opportunities for DPSCD students, the DPS Foundation has been thrilled to facilitate bringing together these exceptional donors with our DPSCD students and community. Access to literacy for all of our students and families is a priority that the DPS Foundation has placed a significant focus on, and one that this generous donation will surely help to achieve” said Remy Sirls-Boulbol, Director of Development with the DPS Foundation.

The libraries will be installed, maintained and stocked by DPSCD and community donations. Books for the libraries will be funded by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, which is also sponsoring 10 of the 97 Little Free Libraries as a commitment to providing on-going access to literacy.

Monday, September 26th, 2016
10:30 AM

Neinas Elementary School
6021 McMillan Street
Detroit MI, 48209

At National Life, our story is simple: For more than 167 years we’ve worked hard to deliver on our promises to millions of people with our vision of providing peace of mind in times of need. It’s our cause, stemming from a deep passion to live our values to do good, be good and make good, every day. Learn more at NationalLife.com.

The DPS Foundation exists to create and enhance educational opportunities for Detroit Public Schools students and educators. The Foundation raises funds to grant them to DPSCD schools and programs that focus on 4 priority areas: Early Childhood Literacy and Education; STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math); Career Pathways; and Beyond the Classroom experiences. DPSF provides scholarships to DPSCD students, and funding for 37 programs across the District. For more information on how you can help, visit www.dpsfdn.org

Detroit Little Libraries – a grassroots group partnering with the national Little Free Library — is working to promote reading, community and neighborhood pride in the city by installing little free libraries. These small containers, which are built to resemble schoolhouses, are filled with books that anyone can take, read and keep. Patrons are encouraged to return a book for someone else in the community. Stewards in the neighborhoods take care of the little library, and often evolve into ambassadors for community involvement.

In September 2014, Detroit Little Libraries began a campaign to make Detroit the Little Free Library capital of the world, with the most libraries per capita in a major city. The organization has worked with community partners to install 150 Little Free Libraries throughout Detroit in front of individual homes, nonprofit organizations, faith-based institutions, small businesses, community gardens and farms, health care clinics, police stations and city parks. https://littlefreelibrary.org/ 

DPSF: Remy Sirls-Boulbol, rboulbol@dpsfdn.org
DPSCD: Chrystal Wilson, chrystal.wilson@detroitk12.org
National Life: Paula Kibbe, pkibbe@conovergould.com

2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards begins its search for Michigan’s top youth volunteers of 2017. This program year marks The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards’ 22nd year of honoring youth volunteers. The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize middle level and high school students for helping people in need, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, or volunteering in other ways. The awards are presented annually on the local, state and national level.

Now through November 8, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.

The application is available, at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.

Ronald Brown Students Visit Camp Burt Shurly!

Students from Ronald Brown Academy enjoyed a field trip to Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Camp Burt Shurly, on Thursday, September 22!

For more information about Camp Burt Shurly, visit campburtshurly.org

Ben Carson Teacher’s Work Published in MSTA Newsletter!

Linda Bradlin, a teacher at Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine, was elected to the board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) and recently had an article published in the MSTA Newsletter!

View the article on page 18: Motivating Mastery Through Badging!

Four Stories, One Stage Premieres October 13-14 at DSA

The Detroit School of Arts Theatre Department will present it’s fall play Four Stories, One Stage October 13-14. The play will take place in the DSA Black Box Theatre.

Check out the flyer for more details!

40 DPSCD High Schoolers Hired for Summer Community Greening Positions

For seven weeks over the summer, 40 Detroit Public Schools Community District Schools high school students were hard at work making schools, homes and communities more sustainable in Detroit. The 40 students selected to work on one of five projects that focused on education, food access and justice, energy savings, art activism and renewable power generation. In addition to these projects, students also gained valuable skills in financial literacy, group facilitation and job preparedness.

Thanks to partnerships with EcoWorks, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent and AmeriCorps, students earned both a living stipend and a $1,200 scholarship for future education expenses.

Ben Carson Sophomores Launch Skilled Communicators 2016 Project

Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine 10th grade students celebrated the kicked off of their Skilled Communicators 2016 Project on September 13. For this interdisciplinary project, the essential question students explored was “What causes some individuals to prevail while others fail when facing challenges?

Students will be creating a public service announcement to educate the community about a health condition as they explore answers to the essential question in each of their classes.  They will analyze data, study the role of government in addressing health conditions, read and reflect on articles, study body systems, write a report, and then create a video or narrated Powerpoint Presentation for the public service announcement.

The kickoff began with a Ted Talk by Angel Lee Duckworth titled, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.  Then Ms. Waite, BCHS 10th grade English teacher, introduced the project and theme. Afterwards, students participated in break out sessions which included team building activities, sample public service announcements, introduction to Genius Hour, brainstorm session of their own challenges, and a round table discussion with Phil Black, founder of The Manhood Project and mentor. He spoke about challenges he encountered in his life and how he overcame them

The kickoff closed with a closing summary, Q & A, and refreshments.

Dale Harvel Helmet Dedication Ceremony

The Detroit Public Schools Community District Office of Athletics is eternally grateful to all vendors and community supporters who were present at the Dale Harvel Helmet Dedication Ceremony. The ceremony took place during halftime at King’s home football game versus Southeastern, on Friday, September 9, 2016.



Mark Twain Hosts “Donuts with Dad”

Mark Twain School for Scholars hosted “Donuts with Dad” on Wednesday, September 14. The event encourages more parent involvement in their child’s academic process at school and at home.

Dads and granddads enjoyed donuts with their child. Parents received information on what to expect in the new academic year at Mark Twain. They also received Mark Twain’s Yearly Calendar with details on the upcoming events and activities that they could attend and assist with.

The event turned out to be a great success – with nearly 50 parents in attendance!

Mark Twain will host “Muffins with Mom” on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.