Culture of Reading Program Awards Books to Thousands of Michigan Children

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395
Agency: Education

November 25, 2014 

LANSING – Children in 115 Michigan elementary classrooms and early childhood programs will receive their own books to read and take home in the first award of the Michigan Department of Education’s Culture of Reading program.

Over 3,000 copies of the 2014 Michigan Reads! Book of the Year, Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band, will be delivered to the children across the state this fall.

“Kids will be getting their own books and reading instruction to help them on their way to a lifetime of learning and reading for enjoyment,” State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said. “I want to thank the many individuals, businesses, and organizations who financially supported this first year of the Culture of Reading. Their contributions helped make this happen.

“There are too many people, including children and adults, who cannot read,” Flanagan said. “We need that to change. To help build a culture of reading in Michigan, we need to get books in their hands and in their homes.

Flanagan announced last December an effort to coordinate private donations to help build a Culture of Reading in Michigan. The grant program was open for application from September 4 through October 6. Elementary school classrooms and early childhood programs could apply. There was an extraordinary response, Flanagan said, in making the announcement today.

Culture of Reading awards were given to 23 kindergarten classrooms; 23 first grade classrooms; 21 second grade classrooms; 24 third grade classrooms; and 24 early childhood programs.

Approximately 740 applications were received, requesting over 23,000 books. Awards were granted on the basis of meeting grant criteria, including a commitment to providing the children with evidence-based reading instruction and family engagement activities focused on literacy. 

“The response was exciting, and shows the tremendous need and desire to help kids learn to read,” Flanagan said. “With the continued support of generous people, we can help more kids next year.

“The earlier a child is introduced to reading, the better chance they have of success in school and life,” said Deputy State Superintendent Venessa Keesler. “Too many kids don’t have their own books to read at home when they want to. We have developed a vehicle to not only get them books, but engage their teachers and parents in the process.”

A coordinated, single donation collection system has been developed through the Library of Michigan Foundation to accept contributions from individuals; businesses; and groups, clubs and civic organizations for the express purpose of providing children’s books to young readers in low-income homes.

The number of classrooms and early childhood programs that receive these free books is dependent on available resources. That’s where the public can help, Flanagan said.

Log on to: www.michigan.gov/cultureofreading to make an online donation or get information about how to donate by check, as well as find links to other similar initiatives. 

“Reading is the foundation of learning and success,” Keesler said. “Building a reading culture in every corner of this state will build a stronger Michigan for generations, and help foster a lifetime love of reading by our children.”

City

District

School

Grade

Albion

Albion Community School

Albion Community School

1st

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Pittsfield Elementary School

2nd

Bay City

Bangor Township Schools

Bangor Lincoln Elementary School

K

Bay City

Bay City Public Schools

Washington Elementary School

2nd

Bay City

Bay City Public Schools

Washington Elementary School

1st

Belding

Belding Area Schools

Ellis Elementary School

1st

Berrien Springs

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency

Blossomland Learning Center

2nd

Berrien Springs

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency

Blossomland Learning Center

3rd

Berrien Springs

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency

Blossomland Learning Center

3rd

Berrien Springs

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency

Blossomland Learning Center

Early Childhood

Berrien Springs

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency

Blossomland Learning Center

Early Childhood

Berrien Springs

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency

Blossomland Learning Center

K

Burt

Chesaning Union Schools

Big Rock Elementary School

1st

Burton

Burton Glen Charter Academy

Burton Glen Charter Academy

1st

Burton

Burton Glen Charter Academy

Burton Glen Charter Academy

2nd

Dearborn

Dearborn Public Schools

Haigh Elementary School

3rd

Dearborn

Riverside Academy Early Childhood Center

Riverside Academy Early Childhood Center

Early Childhood

Dearborn

Dearborn Public Schools

Salina Elementary School

1st

Dearborn

Dearborn Public Schools

Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School

3rd

DeTour Village

DeTour Preschool

DeTour Preschool

Early Childhood

Detroit

Child Care Center in Detroit

ASA Higher Learning Preparatory

Early Childhood

Detroit

Detroit Public Schools

Carver STEM Academy

3rd

Detroit

Detroit Achievement Academy

Detroit Achievement Academy

K

Detroit

Detroit Service Learning Academy

Detroit Service Learning Academy

2nd

Detroit

GEE Edmonson

GEE Edmonson Academy

K

Detroit

Detroit Public Schools

Neinas Elementary School

2nd

Detroit

Education Achievement Authority

Nolan Elementary-Middle School

Early Childhood

Detroit

Oakland International Academy

Oakland International Academy

2nd

Detroit

Education Achievement System

Trix Performance Academy

2nd

Detroit

Woodward Academy

Woodward Academy

K

Detroit

Woodward Academy

Woodward Academy GSRP

Early Childhood

Dundee

Dundee Community Schools

Dundee Elementary School

3rd

Eben Junction

Superior Central School District

Superior Central Schools

K

Evart

Evart Public Schools

Evart Elementary School

3rd

Evart

Evart Public Schools

Evart Elementary School

K

Farmington

Farmington Public Schools

Wood Creek Elementary School

1st

Farmington

Farmington Public Schools

Wood Creek Elementary School

2nd

Farmington Hills

Farmington Public Schools

Wood Creek Elementary School

2nd

Fife Lake

Forest Area Community Schools

Fife Lake Elementary School

K

Fife Lake

Forest Area Community Schools

Forest Area Community Schools

3rd

Flint

Richfield Public School Academy

Richfield Early Learning Center

1st

Flushing

Flushing Community Schools

Seymour Elementary School

2nd

Fruitport

Fruitport Community Schools

Edgewood Elementary School

K

Goodrich

Goodrich Area Schools

Reid Elementary School

1st

Grosse Pte Woods

Grosse Pointe Public Schools

Stevens T. Mason Elementary School

3rd

Hamtramck

Hanley International Academy

Hanley International Academy/GSRP

Early Childhood

Hudsonville

Hudsonville Public Schools

Hudsonville Public Schools, Early Childhoodildhood
GSRP Program

Early Childhood

Inkster

Gaudior Academy

Gaudior Academy

K

Inkster

Wayne-Westland Community Schools

Hicks Elementary School

1st

Jonesville

Jonesville Community Schools

Williams Elementary School

1st

Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Arcadia Elementary School

1st

Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Milwood Elementary School

K

Lake Odessa

Lakewood Public Schools

West Elementary School

2nd

Lake Orion

Lake Orion Community Schools

Lake Orion Community Schools

Early Childhood

Lake Orion

Lake Orion Community Schools

Lake Orion Community Schools

Early Childhood

Lake Orion

Lake Orion Community Schools

Lake Orion Community Schools

Early Childhood

Lansing

Child and Family Charities

Child and Family Charities GSRP

Early Childhood

Lansing

Lansing School District

REO Elementary School

1st

Lansing

Lansing School District

REO Elementary School

2nd

Lansing

Lansing School District

REO Elementary School

3rd

Lansing

Lansing School District

REO Elementary School

K

Lawrence

Van Buren Independent School District

Van Buren ISD - Migrant/ESL/Title III

2nd

Leroy

Pine River Area Schools

Pine River Elementary School

2nd

Lincoln

Alcona Community Schools

Alcona Community Schools

2nd

Manistee

Manistee Area Public Schools

Jefferson Elementary School

1st

Marlette

Marlette Community Schools

Marlette Elementary School

3rd

Marlette

Marlette Head Start

Marlette Head Start

Early Childhood

Marquette

Marquette Area Public Schools

North Star Academy Title I Dept.

K

Menominee

Menominee Area Public Schools

Central Elementary School

1st

Munising

Munising Public Schools

Munising School Public Library

Early Childhood

Muskegon

Fruitport Community Schools

Beach Elementary School

3rd

Muskegon

Fruitport Community Schools

Beach Elementary School

3rd

Muskegon

Muskegon Public Schools

Glenside School Early Childhoodildhood Special Education

Early Childhood

Muskegon

Muskegon Public Schools

Moon Elementary School

3rd

Onekama

Onekama Consolidated Schools

Onekama Elementary School

1st

Ovid

Ovid-Elsie Area Schools

Leonard Elementary School

K

Pontiac

Waterford School District

Children's Village School

3rd

Port Huron

Port Huron Area Schools

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

Early Childhood

Riverview

Riverview Community School District

Memorial Elementary School

K

Riverview

Riverview Community School District

Memorial Elementary School

K

Romulus

Romulus Community Schools

Cory School of Learning

Early Childhood

Sand Creek

Sand Creek Community Schools

Ruth McGregor Elementary School

K

Sandusky

Sandusky GSRP

Sandusky GSRP

Early Childhood

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools

Lincoln Elementary ECSE Program

Early Childhood

Shepherd

West Midland Family Center

West Midland Family Center

Early Childhood

Sparta

Sparta Area Schools

Ridgeview Elementary School

1st

Springfield

Battle Creek Montessori Academy

Battle Creek Montessori Academy

1st

Springfield

Battle Creek Montessori Academy

Battle Creek Montessori Academy

K

St Johns

St. Johns Public Schools

Gateway North Elementary School

K

St Joseph

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency

Lighthouse Education Center

2nd

St. Clair Shores

Lake Shore Public Schools

Rodgers Elementary School

3rd

St. Johns

St. Johns Public Schools

Oakview Elementary School

1st

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Elementary Reading Program

3rd

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Elementary School

2nd

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Elementary School

3rd

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Elementary School

3rd

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Elementary School

3rd

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Elementary School

1st

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Elementary School

3rd

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Elementary School

K

Sterling

Standish-Sterling Community School District

Sterling Preschool GSRP

Early Childhood

Sterling Heights

Warren Consolidated Schools

Fillmore Elementary School

K

Warren

Van Dyke Public Schools

Carlson Elementary

1st

Warren

Van Dyke Public Schools

Lincoln Elementary School

2nd

Westland

Wayne-Westland Community Schools

P.D. Graham Elementary School

K

Westland

Wayne-Westland Community Schools

PD Graham Elementary School

3rd

Westland

Wayne-Westland Community Schools

PD Graham Elementary School

3rd

White Pigeon

White Pigeon Community Schools

Central Elementary School

1st

Williamsburg

Elk Rapids Schools

Mill Creek Elementary School

K

Wyandotte

Wyandotte Public Schools

Garfield Elementary GSRP Preschool

Early Childhood

Wyandotte

Wyandotte Public Schools

Wyandotte GSRP/Monroe Elementary School

Early Childhood

Wyoming

Wyoming Public Schools

Oriole Park Elementary School

3rd

Wyoming

Wyoming Public Schools

Parkview Elementary School

2nd

Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Community Schools

Adams STEM Academy

2nd

Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Community Schools

Perry Early Learning Center

1st