Community Pizza Party to be held Friday, October 25 at Mark Twain School for Literary Scholars to envision new services for the school

Mark Twain School for Literary Scholars is among 21 Detroit Public Schools buildings that will become a “12/7 Community School” to better serve the needs of families. The surrounding community is being invited to a Community Pizza Party October 25 to envision and plan the services the school should provide.

Under the Community Schools model, schools will extend their hours beyond the traditional school day to offer services such as job skills training, child/elder care, financial literacy, food distribution and medical care. Twain is the second school to begin the visioning process under the new program.

The Michigan Department of Human Services and DPS also will jointly fund success coaches and Community Schools coordinators for each site through the “Pathways to Potential” program.

Every Community School will have a coordinator and DPS is engaging the U.S Children’s Aid Society’s National Center for Community Schools.

“One of DPS’ objectives is to implement the Community Schools strategy to improve academic performance by establishing wrap-around services at Mark Twain,” said Carol Weaver, director of the Community Schools program.

Community Schools will bring together multiple resources aimed at meeting the needs of students, both socially and emotionally. Opportunities include extra help with homework and more enrichment classes and activities, such as art and music, mentoring and athletics.

“Community Schools bring resources to the school that can help our families so that they can help their children be successful,” said Linda Whitaker, Principal of Mark Twain School for Literary Scholars.  Adult literacy, GED courses, parent training, housing and utility assistance, and employment referrals are some of the services that may be available at the school through the Community Schools process.

Planning sessions will be underway at each school to determine which services and programs will be offered.

Where and When:

The planning session for Mark Twain will be held Friday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m.  Parents, community members and stakeholders are invited to the event, which will be in the form of a Community Pizza Party.

What is a Community School?

A Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Community Schools offer consolidated services provided by multiple agencies in one location with extended hours, 12 hours per day and 7 days per week. The 21 DPS Community Schools will move toward operating during this time frame.

An integrated focus is placed on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement to improve student learning, create stronger families and support healthier communities.

Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends.

Using public schools as hubs, Community Schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, families and communities.

Partners work to achieve these results:

  • Children are ready to enter school
  • Students attend school consistently
  • Students are actively involved in learning and their community
  • Families are increasingly involved with their children’s education
  • Schools are engaged with families and communities
  • Students succeed academically
  • Students are healthy—physically, socially, and emotionally
  • Students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment
  • Communities are desirable places to live


Services may include:

  • Homework assistance
  • Child care and elder care
  • Financial literacy programs
  • Parental training and prenatal training
  • Technology skills, access to computer labs
  • Language programs and literacy development
  • Medical services provided through on-site healthcare facilities
  • Social workers from the state’s Department of Human Services “Pathways to Potential” program
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