DPS hosting annual Open Doors Day this Saturday

DPSDetroit Public Schools will open its school buildings district-wide on Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help parents get prepared for the first day of school. Several schools have special activities planned for families.

– Meet Tommie the Ball Python at Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School
– Enjoy a virtual airplane ride over Detroit in the Aviation Flight Simulator at Davis Aerospace
– Learn about the new Honors Academy at Ludington Magnet Middle School and the new STEM/STEAM programs and
– Blue Devil Scholarship Program with Lawrence Technological University at Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy

Read about various schools and activities going on below:

Osborn College Prep Academy
Osborn is hosting local rap artist Icewear Vezzo, providing free food, offering arts and crafts activities, staff and athletic team meet and greet sessions and much more.


Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School
Marshall is touting a “Wild about Reading” theme featuring an Exotic Zoo from 10-11 a.m. to help kick off their Open Doors Day event. Teachers will read animal-themed books to students accompanied by reading activities. The school will also provide animal-shaped goodies for students including animal crackers, gold fish, gummy bears and more.


Mason Academy
The Fifth Third Bank Financial Empowerment Mobile, the 40-foot eBus retro-fitted as a mobile classroom, will welcome parents and students. Once onboard the eBus, visitors at each location will gain information from A Job Seeker Toolkit, the Karmanos Cancer Center Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, Legal Aid and Defender, Mobile Dentists and Project Healthy Living.


Neinas Dual Language Academy
For the first year ever, Neinas will be welcoming sixth grade students and introducing their dual language immersion program. Parents are invited to enjoy free ice cream from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 and learn about their new programs.


Coleman A. Young Elementary
Visitors are invited to claim their passport to activities for this Open House theme “Adventure on Paradise Island.” Explorers will visit six reading areas provided with beach umbrellas and beach towels where they will take part in learning about: sharks, turtles, jellyfish, octopus, sea life, and sea shells. Students can make a gecko, create a jellyfish, sand art, Volcano Island, and picture perfect sea shells. Guests can enjoy island shaved ice, while counting how many fish are in their Atrium.


Durfee Elementary-Middle School
Durfee will provide the first 20 families with free uniforms (vouchers for pants, shirts and a backpack). The families must have students enroll in Durfee to receive the free uniforms. Presentation on STEM programs, music programs and principal-led tours will also be highlighted.


John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy
JR King will introduce and showcase clubs/organizations at the school, in addition to facilitating grade level orientations, host building tours featuring the new ECO lab and literacy lab; meet the newly appointed Assistant Principal and “Chat and Chew” with Principal Felicia Cook.


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