DPS will host a Recognition Picnic and Re-enrollment Event for Reading Corps volunteers

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools will host a Recognition Picnic and Re-enrollment event for Reading Corps volunteers on Friday, Aug. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Belle Isle at picnic area number 9.

This is an event for volunteers to celebrate the successes of the past year, mingle with others from some of the 130 municipalities who have pledged their time, and re-commit to a school for the coming year. More than 5,500 people have pledged their time to tutor. Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb said that volunteers will be in schools in the first month of the school year.

DPS encourages volunteers to bring a friend who is also willing to sign up to tutor and populate the pre-kindergarten classes of 2010-11 to make the upcoming year as successful as the inaugural year of the Volunteer Reading Corps.

It is the district’s goal to have every third-grader reading at grade level by 2015, and DPS is excited to tout the Volunteer Reading Corps to parents as one of the reasons why they should send their children to Detroit Public Schools.

Volunteers and prospective volunteers who wish to attend the Recognition Picnic and Re-enrollment Event should please RSVP at http://detroitk12.org/survey/45486/ by Aug. 20.

About the Reading Corps:
The Call to Action for a new Reading Corps came on the heels of test scores that showed Detroit schoolchildren ranked the lowest in the nation of participants on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) math test. In terms of performance levels in the fourth grade in Detroit on the math test, 69 percent of students scored at a below basic level. In terms of performance levels in the eighth grade in Detroit, 77 percent were below basic. Robert Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit Public Schools, along with the Detroit Free Press, in December called for citizens to volunteer their time. More than 5,500 people have pledged more than 660,000 hours annually.

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