DPS partners with St. John Health System to offer health clinics during Holiday Learning Fest and partners with United Way and Gleaners to offer more than 4,000 food baskets

Adding to first-ever learning enrichment activities, parent workshops, free meals, food baskets to students

Detroit Public Schools is with partnering St. John Health System to offer health clinics during the district’s first annual Holiday Learning Fest and is partnering with United Way for Southeastern Michigan and Gleaners Community Food Bank to offer more than 4,000 food baskets to families in need. The new features add to the learning enrichment activities, parent workshops, free meals and food baskets for students announced earlier for this first-ever winter break initiative.

The St. John Health System sponsored-clinics, which include free immunizations and health screenings, will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following days:

Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke:

  • Tuesday, January 3
  • Wednesday, January 4
  • Friday, January 6 (The school will be closed. The clinic has a separate public entrance.)
  • Osborn High, 11600 E. 7 Mile Road:

  • Tuesday, January 3
  • Wednesday, January 4
  • Thursday, January 5
  • All required immunizations will be offered. Immunizations are free to students who are Medicaid-eligible.

    It is recommended that parents call for an appointment. The number is 313 866-9973.   Parents must be with the student in order to sign the consent.

    On each of the two Thursdays during Holiday Learning Fest, families whose children have attended the academic programming each of the three days that schools are open are eligible to receive food baskets through a partnership with Gleaners and United Way for Southeastern Michigan. A total of 125 food baskets at each of the 18 schools will be available, totaling more than 4,000 food baskets.   The only requirement is students must participate in the program each day of that week. Food baskets contain a whole chicken, Michigan-grown sweet potatoes and apples, green beans and other items.

    Holiday Learning Fest background:

    Detroit Public Schools announced 18 schools that will remain open over the holiday break, providing extended academic opportunities, free meals and food baskets to students for the first time ever this year. The district also will be offering special parent workshops in seven Parent Resource Centers.  Through the brand new Holiday Learning Fest, a program sponsored in part by the Office of Food Services, schools will remain open to students for six days (December 27, 28, 29, 2011 and January 3, 4, 5, 2012) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide learning, fun activities and nourishment for students.

    The district is calling on the entire community to step up to volunteer their time for this first-time effort. DPS is only seeking volunteers who have already undergone a criminal background check with fingerprinting and can show proof. In the event that external employers’ background checks are considered, the district would require a release from the subject/volunteer in order to obtain the background check from the external employer.

    To volunteer, call 313-873-7490, fax the registration to 313-873-7446 or email parent.engagement@detroitk12.org.

    The schools to remain open and offer enrichment activities and free meals are:

    Bennett Elementary, 2111 Mullane

    Beard Elementary, 840 Waterman

    Beckham Academy, 9860 Park Drive

    Bow Elementary-Middle, 19801 Prevost

    Clemente Academy, 1551 Beard

    Coleman A. Young Elementary, 15771 Hubbell

    Communications and Media Arts High, 14771 Mansfield

    Detroit City High, 13141 Rosa Parks

    Dossin Elementary-Middle, 16650 Glendale Street

    Durfee Elementary-Middle, 2470 Collingwood St.

    Harms Elementary, 2400 Central

    Keidan Special Education Center, 4441 Collingwood

    Mann Elementary, 19625 Elmira Street

    Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke

    Osborn Evergreen Academy, 11600 E. 7 Mile

    Phoenix Elementary, 7735 Lane Street

    Priest Elementary-Middle, 7840 Wagner

    Sampson Academy, 4700 Tireman

    At seven schools, where there are Parent Resource Centers, parents will be able to take part in engaging workshops for parents. They are:

    Central High School (only PRC open — no enrichment activities and meals), 2425 Tuxedo

    Detroit School of Arts West — Langston Hughes Campus (only PRC open — no enrichment activities and meals), 19501 Berg

    Osborn High School, 11600 E 7 Mile Rd

    Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke

    Priest, 7840 Wagner

    Cody (only PRC open — no enrichment activities and meals), 18445 Cathedral

    Phoenix Elementary, 7735 Lane Street

    To volunteer, call 313-873-7490, fax the registration to 313-873-7446 or email parent.engagement@detroitk12.org.

    The Holiday Learning Fest will be focused on those students with an identified academic need and can only be operated at Title I schools.

     

    Key components of the Holiday Learning Fest include:

    • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all students and parents who participate at no charge
    • Free food baskets and other donations will be available for students to take home
    • Each site will be funded for two Teachers-in-Charge (one mathematics and one English Language Arts) to plan and lead learning enrichment activities (approximately 2 ½ hours per day) that can be facilitated by volunteers

    The partnership will include assistance from the DPS Office of Food Services, Detroit Parent Network, which will provide additional volunteer support for each school that participates, and the DPS Police Department, which will provide security at each site.

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