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More than 30 schools celebrate literacy through DPS’ Third Annual Districtwide Literacy Fair!

Literacy Fair is part of district’s strategic mission to improve student achievement through creative and engaging core subject activities that involve the entire community Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Literacy kicks off the district’s Third Annual Literacy Fair on Tuesday, May 19. This exciting three-day event will be celebrated at more than 30 schools through hundreds of literacy-themed activities. This year’s theme is “Writing is Exciting and Reading is Insightful: A Showcase of Literacy across the Disciplines.” The Literacy Fair showcases the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills of students in grades Pre-K through 12. “The Literacy Fair’s many fun and creative activities and programs allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how literacy transcends disciplines, including Science,

Students: Heat Up Your Summer — Read! See details for the Accelerated Reader Reading Contest!

The Office of Literacy and Office of Library Media Services is sponsoring a “Heat Up Your Summer” with Accelerated Reader Reading Contest! The Contest is for Grades 1-6 and will go on from June 30-July 18, 2014. Accelerated Reader Summer Reading Contest Rules Accelerated Reader Contest Registration Form There will be six District winners, including one winner for each grade. Participants in Grades 1-5 will receive exciting books to build their home libraries. The 6th grade winner will receive a Nook from Barnes and Noble. Winners of the contest will be announced on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Final decisions are made by the Office of Literacy and Library Media Services.

Hundreds of students and staff took part in the 2014 Literacy Fair titled, “Writing with Purpose and Reading for Fun: Empowering our Children, our Schools, and our Communities.”

The Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Literacy was proud to hold the 2014 Literacy Fair titled, “Writing with Purpose and Reading for Fun: Empowering our Children, our Schools, and our Communities.” Participating students and staff were from A.L. Holmes, Burton International, Carleton, Carver, Charles Wright, Clark, Clippert, Coleman A. Young, Duke Ellington at Beckham, Dixon, Durfee, Earhart, Fisher Upper, Golightly Education Center, Gompers, Mason, Nichols, Pulaski, Sampson-Webber, and Schulze.

DPS has partnered with LitWorld, an international non-profit literacy organization with programs that encourage self-confidence, and leadership in our children

Through the Office of Literacy, DPS has partnered with LitWorld, an international non-profit literacy organization with programs that encourage self-confidence and leadership in our children. We currently have 8 LitClubs in our District: Carver, Davison, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Earhart, Garvey, Gompers, MacKenzie, and Palmer Park Academy. LitWorld Information From Detroit To Manila, Literacy Is A Life Raft To Independence

State Representative Philip M. Cavanagh visits Vernor School

In celebration of March is Reading Month, State Representative Philip M. Cavanagh visited Vernor School.  Representative Cavanagh read to Mrs. Jessica Hardy’s kindergarten class. He emphasized the importance of education and talked about Vernor School students attending college.  He also talked about his daughters and the schools that they attended. Using his hand as a map of Michigan, Mr. Cavanagh discussed the location of Detroit, and its geographic correlation to Lansing.  He informed the students that the House of Representatives is located in Lansing, Michigan. He gave each student a toothbrush, a Brushing and Reading Chart, book mark, and a coloring sheet.  The class received a video entitled, Drool to School from Delta Dental and a book entitled, Tooth Trouble.

Gompers’ Reading Dads make reading fun!

The mission of the Gompers’  Reading Dads is more than just to read to children, although they do make it their mission to offer a top-notch and fun reading experience for students! “Our mission is to to serve, protect and nurture all of our children,” said Harold Harris, a Parent Volunteer and animated reader. “We volunteer as hall monitors, lunch room monitors, we go on field trips, we are at basketball games, track and field events, and more.” Mr. Harris said the group, which was founded in 2008, strives to support the school in every way possible, in addition to holding two reading days a year — in October and March. At the most recent event on March 14, 2013, 22 dads came

DPS Reading Corps Rally attracts nearly 500 attendees and roughly 275 new tutors

In celebration of recent MEAP test reading gains and to issue a call for new Reading Corps volunteers, Detroit Public Schools hosted a Volunteer Reading Corps Rally and Training Saturday, March 2 at Renaissance High School. Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley served as host and emcee for the rally. Participants included Detroit Public Schools leaders, University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., Detroit Free Press Editor and Publisher Paul Anger, City of Detroit First Lady Yvette Bing, Compuware Corp. Chief Administrative Officer Denise Starr and other Compuware leaders who have served as Reading Corps tutors, City Year Detroit Corps members, current and future tutors, DPS mascot Hope and the famous Curious George, among others. Nyla Copeland, a second-grader at

DPS kicks off African American World History Pacesetters Contest!

Detroit Public Schools has kicked off the African American World History Pacesetters Contest Friday, February 1, a district wide reading contest for all grades. The contest runs from Feb.  1-March 15. One top prize will be awarded to the top reader in each of the 4 categories below: Grades 1-3: Scholastic book pack of 25 books Other great prizes will be awarded for Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12! Purpose This activity is to increase and assess students’ knowledge of the contributions made by African American pacesetters through the reading of biographies, autobiographies and African American Literature. The outcome will be students’ increased knowledge of African American contributions to the world and improved reading comprehension of informational text and narrative

DPS honors Volunteer Reading Corps and Volunteer Business Corps through recognition event at the DIA

Detroit Public Schools on Friday, June 1 honored its wonderful Volunteer Reading Corps and Volunteer Business Corps through a special recognition event at the Detroit Institute of Arts. More than 130 volunteers attended this informal event which included light refreshments and pastries in the Kresge Court. Guests also had an opportunity to see the 75th Annual DPS Student Art Exhibition on display in a nearby gallery before it closes on June 3. Admission to the museum and parking were free. “We at DPS are always heartened to know that, in addition to our hard-working teachers, principals and staff, we have a Corps of community support through our Volunteer Reading Corps, which is more than 1,000 members strong, and our Volunteer

Cody MCH has “poetic power!”

Cody Medicine and Community Health will be honored in Creative Communication Anthology of Michigan Youth Poets. The winners of the Spring 2011 contest competed against their peers from the entire state of Michigan at the high school level. Because of the amount of winners, the school will receive a free anthology. According to Creative Communication Publication, “Creative Communication  is selective and considers it an honor if we accept your work.” Congratulations to students India Cross, Tiffany Adkins, Diamond Anderson-Stokes, Linda Charleston, Valeria Ledbetter, Markia King and Kendra Steed, as well as Principal Michelle Parker and English teacher Ms.Careathers. Cody MCH has “poetic power.”