DPS schools highlight good attendance on Count Day

dpsDetroit Public Schools (DPS) students and parents will enjoy a day filled with fun activities and good, nutritious food on Count Day, Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
DPS in partnership with the DPS Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and MGM Grand Detroit are helping to encourage high attendance rates on Count Day.
Throughout the day, the District will use the hashtag #EveryDayCounts on social media to promote messages emphasizing the importance of good attendance.
The OSN invites all DPS parents to “Dine with DPS”, this includes a free breakfast and a reduced rate lunch offered at $3. The specialized lunch menu includes: baked chicken leg, collard greens, potato salad, mac & cheese, cornbread muffin and apple pie. MGM Grand Detroit will provide logoed backpacks and other treats for students at Burton International Academy.
Over the last two years, the District has worked to stabilize enrollment thanks to a renewed focus on customer service and a comprehensive, year-round enrollment strategy that includes the development of new programs influenced by feedback from parents.
“In order to attain our goal of having a school system that is academically competitive, it is critical that students attend school all day, every day,” said Darnell Earley, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager.
DPS’ leadership team, principals and teachers, along with a broad cross-section of key community partners are working hard to implement the critical restructuring work and many new programs designed to benefit students. Students benefit from these tools and programs when they are in school, on time and ready to learn every day. Schools throughout the District have created activities for Count Day to encourage 100 percent attendance.

Burton International Academy
Burton’s count day activities are sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit. They will be bringing in several fun elements including: games with prizes, inflatable interactive sport games, backpacks and supplies for all students, a selfie picture station, arts and crafts, mascot storytelling and a unique a sit down lunch for all students and staff. To thank parents for their dedication to their children’s education MGM Grand Detroit will conduct a raffle for parents (of students who are present) for an overnight stay at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel and dinner for two at TAP.

“For the sixth year, MGM Grand Detroit is adopting a Detroit Public School on Count Day. Our team members strongly support educational opportunities for students at all levels throughout our region. We look forward to our commitment in supporting Burton International Academy this school year,” said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, director of Public Affairs for MGM Grand Detroit.

Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science
School dance with free dress day.

Durfee Elementary-Middle School
Celebrating science with the Mobile Digital Theater! Kramer Entertainment’s Dome is a Mobile Digital Theater that features highly innovative, educational programs. With the Dome Theater, Kramer “Edu-tainment” brings the excitement of the museum-quality shows, presenting a wide range of educational topics, in a state-of-the-art mobile digital theater system! Developed by Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Science and with the support of NASA, the Dome Theater provides students with the latest audio and visual learning technologies.

Gompers Elementary-Middle School
Special visit from the Exotic Zoo.

Ludington Magnet Middle School
Pep rally in the gym, first 100 students receive free Ludington T-Shirts. If weather permits Count Day Parade around the school.

John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy
Exotic Zoo, Dental/Vision screenings for eligible students and giveaways.

Priest Elementary-Middle School
Priest Silly Hat and Hair Day.

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