News Release

UDM Representatives Volunteer for Detroit Public Schools Reading Corps Program

The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Volunteer Reading Corps invited University of Detroit Mercy staff and students to become volunteer tutors by attending the DPS Volunteer Reading Corps Rally and Training on Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at Renaissance High School. In many cases, UDM students earned University service-learning hours by volunteering with the Volunteer Reading Corps.

The Volunteer Reading Corps helps the youngest learners build a strong reading foundation. Volunteers commit one hour weekly or bi-weekly to tutor two students for a half hour each.  Tutoring locations are within the city of Detroit with many close to UDM's campuses.

Saturday’s Reading Corps Rally and Training was a call to action for new volunteers as well the nearly 900 current tutors from across metro Detroit. All new volunteers received reading tutor training at the rally or scheduled another training time. New volunteers will be assigned a pre-kindergarten student and move up as their student progresses from grade to grade. The rally and training were part of the DPS "Reading Corps Week" in celebration of recent MEAP test reading gains and to attract new volunteers.

Rally program participants included DPS leaders, Detroit Free Press Editor and Publisher Paul Anger, City of Detroit First Lady Yvette Bing, UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., Compuware Corp. Chief Administrative Officer Denise Starr and other Compuware leaders who have served as Reading Corps tutors, City Year Detroit Corps members, and current and future tutors. Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley served as host and emcee for the event.

More information about the DPS Volunteer Reading Corps Rally and Training event is available at http://detroitk12.org/readingcorps. Individuals can also sign up electronically to volunteer at http://readingcorpsrally.eventbrite.com.

Release date: February 28, 2013

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 12th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2013 edition.