NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
Office of Public Relations

Media Contact: Steve Wasko

Every school day is important but during this time of reduced ancillary funding and rising expenses, COUNT DAY, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, ranks a little higher. That’s the day that helps determine the majority of the funding for all of Michigan’s public school districts including the DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS (DPS). Adequate funding is vital to DPS and to every parent and child in the metro Detroit area because it supports the many unique academic, career tech and enrichment programs that only DPS schools provide.

The District has prepared public service announcements and placed parental notices regarding Count Day in its Communications vehicles. In addition, individual schools have been in contact with parents and students to remind them about Count Day, and that every Metro Detroit child can take advantage of advanced DPS learning offerings such as:

– State, national and international travel through performing arts and music programs
– All-day, Pre K and kindergarten classes – a total of nearly 500 sites
– Nationally acclaimed academic programs helped the District lead the state in the number of national achievement scholarship winners
– Four Career Tech Centers that prepare students for skilled jobs and/or college with graduation rates of over 90%
– National Champion Robotics and Academic Games teams that won over 50 awards last school year
– Championship sports programs
– A professional level high school devoted exclusively to the arts and mass communication that provides experience in on-air radio production (WRCJ), and in-studio television production
– An elementary/middle school devoted exclusively to teaching students four foreign languages
– A high school built around the aerospace program where students can earn a pilot’s license for free that is valued at over $2,500 – graduation rate, 95%
– Five of the best out of the 19,000 high schools in the country according to U.S. News and World Report
– Jerry L. White, a state-of-the-art school exclusively for physically and mentally challenged students who require a high level of care – satellite programs exist for such students who can attend a regular school
– The Ronald Brown Academy-one of six winners of the National School Change Award from Panasonic
– A program that awards students a High School diploma and an Associate’s Degree in healthcare
– A prestigious invitation to play at the Olympics that was accepted by the Martin Luther King H.S. band
– Teachers who were selected for the Milken Family Foundation National Educator award – 3 in 3 years
– The only single gender, college-prep public schools in Michigan-one each for young men and women

There are many more unique learning opportunities that depend on Count Day for funding. To ensure their continuation for the benefit of children, parents/guardians are urged to make sure that their student(s) arrive at school, on time for Count Day, ready to learn like every other day in the school year.

To help this effort, in general, many DPS schools will host activities as an added incentive for parents and children to make it to school on Count Day. There will be pizza and ice cream parties, raffles, food give-aways, cookouts, visits by DJs from local radio stations, free sports events tickets, free dress day for the students, parent meetings and a ‘Bring A Parent To School event.’

Specifically, some of the more elaborate school Count Day events include:

Kettering High School/6101 Van Dyke – Students who attend all of their classes on Count Day will be allowed to attend a special assembly featuring several Pistons players. The players will reveal the name of the student who won the Pistons’ ‘Read To Achieve’ Essay Contest and present the student with a $2,000 college scholarship.

Ann Arbor Trail/7635 Chatham – Families, friends and students will enjoy the carnival which will feature a Moon Walk, arts and crafts, scrabble, music and basketball.

Dixon Elementary/19500 Tireman – More fun at a carnival that will include face painting, a special visit by The Buffalo Soldiers and a four-block parade in the community.

Munger Middle School/5525 Martin – They will host a good old fashioned Field Day, plus face painting, and everybody is encouraged to wear a favorite hat.

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