Rx for Reading at César Chávez Early Elementary!

Lining Up!

César Chávez students lining up at their new Rx for Reading Library.

Tome, Lea, Comparta!

Rx for Reading is excited to announce our new collaboration with the César Chávez Academy in Southwest Detroit. The early elementary school is now home to an Rx for Reading community library, which was given to the school along with a collection of 400 children’s books to help keep it filled. All students at the school are invited to “Take, Read, Share!” / “Tome, Lea, Comporta!”

Cesar Chavez Free Community Library

The Lorax Library was sponsored by a generous donor in honor of Sara Zawacki Gifford, former Rx for Reading Student Coordinator, and her husband Joe Gifford.  The library was painted by Paige Fairchild, a student in the University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration.

“I love to see the children choosing books and donating them to the Lorax library.”  
Lauri Cobb, Intervention Teacher, César Chávez Early Elementary (and our partner on the ground!)


Boys Read

César Chávez students help organize the library. César Chávez Academy is a public charter school in Southwest Detroit. 74% of its students are English language learners.

“I’ve never seen anything like it!”
Arely Valencia, parent and one-on-one aide at César Chávez
Happy Reader

As one student put it, “I like the Lorax Library because you can keep reading.”

Rx for Reading also sponsored the school’s celebration of El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), providing a brand new book for every one of the school’s 455 kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders. Two Detroit Mercy alums, Marco Ineguez-Vera (BSN-Nursing) and Ana Barajas (Honors Biology), read to students at the event.

Ana Barajas at Cesar Chavez

Detroit Mercy alumna Ana Barajas reading to students at the school’s Día celebration.

Thank you, César Chávez, for giving the Lorax Library the perfect home!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is an annual celebration of children, families, and reading.  Now in its 20th year, Día festivities across the country focus on literacy for children of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

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In Southwest Detroit, Día was marked with a huge celebration in Clark Park organized by Matrix Head Start and attended by over 1,500 people.  Rx for Reading was proud to contribute 915 new books for children and families who attended the event, including over 400 new Spanish and bilingual books that were funded by the UDM School Psychology Literacy Fund.  All of the children who attended the event were encouraged to choose books to take home, read, and keep.

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The celebration included favorite book characters, musical and cultural performances, and family activities related to reading and literacy. A highlight was a mock voting booth, where over 500 children voted for their favorite book!

Dia 3Dia 9Every day is a day for children and a day for books. Happy Día!