Detroit Public Schools 4th Graders Shine at Bookstock B.E.S.T. Awards

Winning student Naria Begum from Davison Elementary-Middle School with teacher Michelle Pizzo

Winning student Naria Begum from Davison Elementary-Middle School with teacher Michelle Pizzo

Bookstock, the area’s biggest and best used book and media sale, honored five outstanding fourth grade students from Detroit Public Schools with Bookstock B.E.S.T. Awards (Bookstock Extraordinary Student/School Teacher) at a special ceremony Tuesday, April 29 at Livonia’s Laurel Park Place.

The five students were selected out of 675 entries for their essays entitled “My Favorite Book…and Why.”

Bookstock awarded $100 and a trophy to the winning student Naria Begum from Davison Elementary-Middle School, $500 to Naria’s teacher, Michelle Pizzo, and $1,000 to the school, which was accepted by Davison Principal Dianne Holland. Bookstock presenting sponsor Gardner-White Furniture gave the winning student and teacher a $500 gift card.

Detroit News Columnist and Bookstock Honorary Chairperson Neal Rubin presented the awards to the four finalists, and WDIV reporter Paula Tutman joined Neal to announce the winner live during on WDIV’s 5 p.m. newscast.

The four finalists, Taira Stewart from Edison Elementary, Dakari Thomas from Chrysler Elementary, Kennedy Marshall from Bates Academy, and Anthony Jackson from Schulze Academy for Technology and the Arts each received $50 and a trophy from Bookstock and a $100 gift card from Gardner-White Furniture.  Their four teachers, Demetria Jamison, Kristin Friess, Karyn Lewis and Tammara Wallace, received $200 from Bookstock and a $100 gift card from Gardner White Furniture.

Principals Marcus Davenport, Wendy Shirley, Dr. Cleo Moody and Dr. Brenda Lyons each accepted $500 from Bookstock for their schools.

The B.E.S.T. awards were held during Bookstock’s Teacher Appreciation Day, where all teachers with a valid I.D. received 50% off their total purchases.

All proceeds from the annual weeklong Bookstock sale benefit literacy and education projects throughout Detroit and Oakland County.  Marking 12 years of supporting the need to read, Bookstock has generated close to $1 million for these programs. 

More than 800 volunteers work together throughout the year to organize and staff the week-long Bookstock sale. Bookstock established the Bookstock Scholar Awards, in partnership with Wallside Windows and Gardner–White Furniture, given to outstanding students at Wayne State University’s School of Library Science and Information Technology.  The Bookstock Fund, launched in 2012, provided 19 micro-grants to Detroit Public Schools teachers for education and literacy projects.

Bookstock is brought to the community by the Jewish Community Relations Council and a consortium of communal non-profit organizations that support education and literacy projects throughout metro Detroit. For more information about Bookstook, call the Bookstock hotline (248) 645-7840, ext. 365 or visit

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