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Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out bringing wellness and nutrition programming to Detroit schools

Work It Out celebrates 10 years of its research verified, yoga-based curriculum with an opportunity to witness a class in action In celebration of its 10th anniversary and longstanding relationship with Detroit Public Schools, Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) showcased one of its classes on Tuesday, November 17 at Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science. Work It Out, established in 2005, seeks to combat childhood obesity through the use of yoga and nutrition education. Students in elementary schools learn what it takes to keep their bodies healthy and happy. This partnership was established by DKWIO Chief Executive Officer Tom Anderson and Executive Director Trish Dewald, both of whom were recently appointed to their Work It Out leadership roles. Detroit

School of the Week: Bagley Elementary School

If there is one commonality among most Bagley Elementary School students, fourth-grader Ryan Langford would proudly say, “We’re all pretty smart.” They also love math and science. And the majority know exactly which career fields pique their interest by the fourth grade. Ryan, who is 9 years old, has a list of “top three” careers that he plans to narrow down by sixth grade. “My favorite subjects are science and math. I’ve always been interested in Earth Science and how the earth should be getting colder…,” Ryan says. “I was thinking a scientist. I was also thinking maybe a doctor. And I was thinking maybe an architect because I’m really good with Legos. Those are the three things.” Bagley, a


This year, the SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) Camp was held at the beautiful Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School. During the free three-week camp, 50 very dedicated collegiate engineering and/or mathematics students from various colleges and universities across the nation served as mentors and provided daily instruction to over 300 third through fifth grade students. The students learned basic and advanced engineering concepts and techniques by participating in real-world, rigorous lessons that they could relate to. The SEEK Program utilizes a project-based, hands-on design curriculum developed by SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) and supported by A World in Motion (AWIM). The SEEK Camp is an engaging and exciting introduction to the many areas of engineering for Detroit Public Schools students.

Target Corp. and State Rep. Harvey Santana adopt Carver S.T.E.M. Academy during ARISE Detroit! Neighborhood’s Day

Santana donated 200 backpacks filled with supplies, while Target Corp. volunteers worked to beautify the interior and exterior school grounds. Several DPS schools were adopted by community partners through ARISE Detroit! to help prep buildings and classrooms for the new school year. DETROIT – As part of the 8th Annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day event on August 2, 2014, ARISE Detroit!  partnered several Detroit Public Schools’ sites with local businesses and community organizations to beautify school grounds, clean and paint the interior of school buildings, and create safe routes to schools. This partnership was created to help prepare the school buildings for the first day of teaching and learning on September 2. Target Corporation, State Representative Harvey Santana and Resurrected Heart partnered with Carver

Walmart surprises DPS teachers with $1,000 donation and gift baskets filled with back-to-school supplies

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Walmart paid a surprise visit to teachers at Bagley Elementary School to present a dozen baskets filled with back-to-school supplies to teachers working during the summer. Walmart Store Manager Tracy Simon also provided a $1,000 Walmart Gift Card to help the entire school purchase supplies for the upcoming school year. The donation is part of a nation-wide movement to celebrate teachers where Walmart executives are visiting schools across the country to surprise teachers with much-needed classroom items. More than 50 students and parents were able to witness the surprise donation, which took place during the school’s LitFest. About the DPS LitFest To combat the “Summer Learning Slide,” the learning loss that happens when children are

School of the Week: Cooke Elementary School

Approximately 404 geniuses walk the halls of Cooke Elementary School daily. If anyone disagrees, they’ll have to take it up with Principal Philip Van Hooks, who not only refers to each of his students as prodigies, but also said it is his “personal responsibility to harness their genius and put them on a positive path not only for their personal benefit, but for the benefit of our city.” Housed in a beautiful brick structure that dates back to the 1920s, Cooke Elementary School is located in the prominent North Rosedale Park community and attracts students from outside of the school’s boundaries. Cooke’s rigorous academic curriculum encompasses differentiated instruction at all grade levels, research projects for even the school’s earliest learners,

DPS kicks off Two-Day Technology Fair

View event photos below!  Detroit Public Schools hosted its 2nd Annual Two-Day Technology Fair April 15 and 16, 2014 at Randolph Career and Technical Center to showcase the district’s vast technology offerings. April 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. was designated as “Student Field Trip Day,” and on April 16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., the event was open to the community. WATCH: My TV20 feature on Technology Fair This event was presented by the DPS I.T. Division as part of Technology Month and featured a display of student robotics and student-led technology demonstrations by Gompers, Bennett, Bates and FLICS; interactive technology stations for attendees of all ages; a student interactive room; video presentations; a heavy-duty construction equipment simulator and

DPS students participate in the 2014 Battle of the Books competition

Students from Bates Academy, Edison Elementary, Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Golightly Educational Center, Maybury Elementary and Bagley Elementary participated in the YES Foundation/Detroit Public Library 2014 Battle of the Books Competition on Tuesday, March 25. The event was held at the Detroit Public Library. Battle of the Books is an exciting reading program developed to encourage students to read quality literature. Funding for this event and other literacy programs is provided by the General Motors Foundation and the Skillman Foundation. Photography provided by Harold Harris

Detroit Public Schools to Receive Technology Grants from Promethean to Provide Schools Interactive Classrooms

Interactive Classrooms Offer Students Access to Cutting-Edge Learning Opportunities Joining Detroit Public Schools (DPS) in their mission to educate students to perform at high academic levels, Promethean is investing $40,000 in interactive technology and professional development to three DPS elementary schools. The donation is part of an annual grant program in partnership with the National Alliance for Black School Educators (NABSE) to close the achievement gap through modernizing classrooms with the goal of making them more interactive and accessible for all students. The annual donation is made to the school district of the host city of the NABSE Annual Conference. Over 3,000 educators will convene at the NABSE 41st Annual Conference at the Cobo Center November 13-17 to develop effective

DPS and HAP Partner to Create a New Child Safety ID Card Initiative to Bolster Safety Measures in an Emergency

Detroit Public Schools today announced a partnership with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) to strengthen the safety and security of DPS students through a new Child Safety ID Card Initiative to be offered at four pilot schools. “We take the safety and security of our students extremely seriously and are proud that we have reduced the number of incidents in and around our campuses,” said Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “This new Child Safety ID Card program will be a major enhancement to assist police in the event of an emergency.” The program will launch as a pilot in November and December at Maybury, Gardner, Bagley and Chrysler elementary schools. The new Child Safety ID Card Initiative corresponds with Detroit Public Schools’