DETROIT – Pete the Cat, Madeline and the Bad Hat and the Big Bad Wolf will all make guest appearances at schools throughout Detroit Public Schools on Saturday during the district's first literacy-themed Open Doors Day.
All elementary and middle schools will be 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.
Among the highlights will be 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 will be 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 will give away thousands of books, backpacks and school supplies donated by Office Depot. Immunizations will take 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 will host BINGO for Books from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parent Ambassador Trainings will also be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Some school-specific literary themes include:
Madeline in Paris
Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Fairy Tale Ball
Additionally, Skechers is partnering with Meijer to donate more than 25,000 pairs of BOBs shoes for K-6 students. A total of 1,500 students from 15 pre-selected schools will attend a Sketchers-Meijer shoe distribution event at the Detroit Zoo on Tuesday. The remaining 23,500 pairs of shoes will be delivered to the DPS Warehouse for students on the first day of school.
To attend the Sketchers-Meijer shoe distribution event at the Detroit Zoo, current or new enrollees of the following 15 schools must attend the DPS Open Doors Day event on Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at one of the participating schools. Current students will be verified, while new students must enroll in order to attend the event.
The 15 participating schools are: