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, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges."