Makeover kits, valued at up to $500, include a variety of items, such as a desk, homework essentials, reference books, lighting and more
Detroit Public Schools today, Tuesday Nov. 1, kicks off a week of parent workshops entitled “How to make homework matter.” Topics include: Helping children with priorities, how to minimize procrastination, and taking the stress out of doing homework. The workshops will be hosted in the district’s 8 Parent Resource Centers as part of the district’s Parent and Community Engagement Initiative which seeks help to parents be more actively involved in their children’s education.
The Detroit Parent Network, in conjunction with DPS, also will be raffling off a homework makeover kit in each of the Parent Resource Centers during November. The kits, valued at up to $500 each, will be paid for in part through a Kellogg Foundation grant and by the Detroit Parent Network.
Three different kits to be raffled in the 8 parent resource centers include:
- “Stationary kit” for the family that has the space. The kit will include a small desk, school supplies and lighting.
- “On-the-go kit” for the busy parent whose children are busy with sports or after-school activities. This kit would be offered in a bag and include a lap desk and school supplies.
- “In-between kit” designed for a family to have stability even if the family is in between homes due to finances. This kit can be easily stored. It would come in a small suitcase and include school supplies and a fold-up table that is portable.
The Detroit Parent Network and DPS already unveiled one Homework Area Makeover to a lucky local mom. The transformation included fresh, bright-colored paint, desks, Internet access, homework essentials, binders, lighting, calculators, cork board, a clock, globe, a reference set dictionaries, artwork, trash can, portable filing system, lap-desks, and more.