DPS welcomed hundreds of families and showcased new programs at first-ever literacy-themed Open Doors Day Saturday, August 23 at all elementary and middle schools!

Schools offered thousands of FREE sackpacks, books, school supplies and other fun give-aways

DETROIT – Pete the Cat, Madeline and the Bad Hat and the Big Bad Wolf made guest appearances at schools throughout Detroit Public Schools on Saturday, August 23 during the district’s first-ever literacy-themed Open Doors Day.

All elementary and middle schools were open across the district from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to showcase their offerings and new programs, like the gifted and talented program at Mark Twain School for Scholars. All schools developed their own creative itineraries to engage families!

Among the highlights were DPS’ foreign language immersion courses for grades PreK-8, performing arts programs and free full-day high quality Pre-Kindergarten classes. New and current parents were able to take tours, meet staff, and learn about all the great offerings in DPS, including arts and music, K-8 sports leagues and scholarship opportunities.

Schools also offered thousands of FREE books, sackpacks and school supplies donated by Office Depot, arts and crafts kits by Arts and Scraps, and other fun give-aways (first-come, first-served). Immunizations took place at Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke.

Keeping with the literacy theme, the Parent Resource Centers at Detroit International Academy, Ludington Magnet Middle School, Marcus Garvey Academy, Priest Elementary-Middle School, and Bennett Elementary School hosted BINGO for Books from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parent Ambassador Trainings were be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Schools with some of the most creative themes were graced by a special visit from Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics, who was dressed as a Sparkle Fair Princess with a magic bubble wand!

Some school-specific literary themes include:

Madeline in Paris

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes

Fairy Tale Ball


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