DPS announces schools that will remain open over the holiday break, providing extended academic opportunities, free meals and food baskets to students in need, as well as workshops for parents

The district now is calling for a communitywide effort to recruit hundreds of volunteers who have already undergone background checks to help run the first-time-ever program

Detroit Public School has announced the schools that will remain open over the holiday break, providing extended academic opportunities, free meals and food baskets to students for the first time ever this year. The district also will be offering special parent workshops in seven Parent Resource Centers.

Through the brand new Holiday Learning Fest, a program sponsored in part by the Office of Food Services, schools will remain open to students for six days (December 27, 28, 29, 2011 and January 3, 4, 5, 2012) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide learning, fun activities and nourishment for students.

Therefore, the district is calling on the entire community to step up to volunteer their time for this first-time effort. DPS is only seeking volunteers who have already undergone a criminal background check with fingerprinting and can show proof. In the event that external employers’ background checks are considered, the district would require a release from the subject/volunteer in order to obtain the background check from the external employer.

To volunteer, call 313-873-7490, fax the registration to 313-873-7446 or email parent.engagement@detroitk12.org .

You can sign up at https://dpscd.detroitk12.org/survey/53712 .

The schools to remain open and offer enrichment activities and free meals are:

Bennett Elementary, 2111 Mullane

Beard Elementary, 840 Waterman

Beckham Academy, 9860 Park Drive

Bow Elementary-Middle, 19801 Prevost

Clemente Academy, 1551 Beard

Coleman A. Young Elementary, 15771 Hubbell

Communications and Media Arts High, 14771 Mansfield

Detroit City High, 13141 Rosa Parks

Dossin Elementary-Middle, 16650 Glendale Street

Durfee Elementary-Middle, 2470 Collingwood St.

Harms Elementary, 2400 Central

Keidan Special Education Center, 4441 Collingwood

Mann Elementary, 19625 Elmira Street

Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke

Osborn Evergreen Academy, 11600 E. 7 Mile

Phoenix Elementary, 7735 Lane Street

Priest Elementary-Middle, 7840 Wagner

Sampson Academy, 4700 Tireman

At seven schools, where there are Parent Resource Centers, parents will be able to take part in engaging workshops for parents. They are:

Central High School (only PRC open — no enrichment activities and meals), 2425 Tuxedo

Detroit School of Arts West — Langston Hughes Campus (only PRC open — no enrichment activities and meals), 19501 Berg

Osborn High School, 11600 E 7 Mile Rd

Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke

Priest, 7840 Wagner

Cody (only PRC open — no enrichment activities and meals), 18445 Cathedral

Phoenix Elementary, 7735 Lane Street

“During the break, we know that many of our children could benefit from a continuation of academic opportunities that serve as supplemental or remedial,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent for Academics. “We also know that, in these difficult financial times, many of our children will not receive the adequate nutrition they normally receive through the DPS Office of Food Service.”

A primary focus of recruitment will be from the district’s Volunteer Reading Corps and Business Corps.

“In this season of giving, there is no better gift than to give the gift of time and caring to children in need,” said Steven Wasko, Assistant Superintendent for Community Relations. “We will need an army of volunteers for this massive initiative to keep schools open and assist our teachers and staff. Therefore, we are asking the entire community to rally around this effort and support our students by volunteering time over their own holiday break to support our students.”

To volunteer, call (313) 873-7490, fax the registration to (313) 873-7446 or email parent.engagement@detroitk12.org .

The Holiday Learning Fest will be focused on those students with an identified academic need and can only be operated at Title I schools.

Key components of the Holiday Learning Fest include:

  • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all students and parents who participate at no charge
  • Free food baskets and other donations will be available for students to take home
  • Each site will be funded for two Teachers-in-Charge (one mathematics and one English Language Arts) to plan and lead learning enrichment activities (approximately 2 ½ hours per day) that can be facilitated by volunteers

The partnership will include assistance from the DPS Office of Food Services, Detroit Parent Network, which will provide additional volunteer support for each school that participates, and the DPS Police Department, which will provide security at each site.

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