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Author Event with M. LaVora Perry
Highlights of Our Lightbearer Gala 2009

Institute for Positive Living Open House 2009

Literary Night at Mayo, May 11, 2009

Family Math & Literary Night at Willliams, April 30, 2009
Author Event with Catherine Ingram, March 21, 2009


Author Event with M. LaVora Perry

Henderson wins first place trophy.

Open Book participants from Henderson Elementary School, 5650South Wolcott, proudly display the First Place Trophy for their performance during the Open Book Program Author Event with M. LaVora Perry on December 12, 2009.


Mayo wins 2nd place trophy.

Open Book participants from Mayo Elementary School, 249 E. 37th St., come up to get their Second Place Trophy from critically acclaimed author M. LaVora Perry.

Williams wins third place trophy.

Open Book participants from Williams Prep, 2710 South Dearborn, are pictured with critically acclaimed author M. LaVora Perry as they proudly display the Third Place Trophy for their performance


Armstrong performs.
Open Book participants from Armstrong Elementary School, 5345 W. Congress Parkway, are pictured as they perform during he Open Book Program Author Event with M. LaVora Perry.



"Everyone Has Something Positive to Contribute," Author M. LaVora Perry tells Open Book Youth


“Everyone has something positive to contribute—even bullies,” was one of the messages that young people got to hear from Author M. LaVora Perry during an Open Book Program Author Event on December 12, 2009 at University of Chicago Charter—Donoghue, 707 E. 37th Street. More than 200 African American inner city students, 9-14, and their teachers and students attended the event sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program and emceed by Radio and TV Personality Bioncé Foxx.

The Open Book Author Event featured performances based on Perry’s critically acclaimed books Taneesha Never Disparaging and Taneesha's Treasures of the Heart. The performances were given by Open Book participants from Louis Armstrong Elementary, Ludwig Van Beethoven Elementary, John Gregory Elementary, Henderson Elementary, Mayo Elementary, Walter Reed Elementary, William Penn Elementary, University of Chicago Charter-Donoghue, White Career Academy, and Williams Prep Academy Middle School.

The performances were judged by the author, Power 92 Radio Personality Alexx Dupri and Comedian Michael Saps. The judges told the audience that they were looking for creativity, teamwork, enunciation, and whether the performers were having fun. The Open Book participants from Henderson Elementary School, 5650 South Wolcott, took home the First Place Trophy. Their performance focused on how potential conflicts in religions like Christianity and Buddhism can be resolved through understanding and tolerance. Second place went to Mayo Elementary, 249 E. 37th St., and Third Place went to Williams Prep, 2710 South Dearborn.

There was also a Q & A session during the event. Questions asked by Open Book participants included “Do you have to go to college to write a book?,” What inspired you?,” and “Why did you write about diabetes?” M. LaVora Perry’s answers included:

-- You don’t have to go to college, but to be the best person you can be you have to keep learning.

-- Perry told the audience that she was raised in a Buddhist family and noticed that there weren’t any books about Buddhist kids, especially not African American Buddhists, so she wanted to write books about those kids.

-- Perry said that she included a character with Diabetes in Taneesha Never Disparaging because diabetes is such a growing problem among African American young people.

Taneesha Never Disparaging is about Taneesha Bey-Ross, a girl who puts up with more mess than any fifth-grader should have to. For one thing, she's getting tired of being her limping best friend Carli's bodyguard. For another, she's running a loser's race for class president. Plus her imaginary evil twin blabs non-stop about all the reasons why Taneesha's a total failure at everything—even stuff she hasn't tried yet. And big-pain Rayshaun Parker says she's going to hell because her family's Buddhist. And But when a teenage ogre girl starts bullying Taneesha and Carli after school, things go from bad to horrendous. But Taneesha hangs in there and finds within herself the power of kindness.

Taneesha's Treasures of the Heart is a young readers edition Perry’s middle grade novel Taneesha Never Disparaging. It was read by the third grade Open Book participants at University of Chicago-Donoghue.

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Highlights of Our Lightbearer Gala 2009



Three were honored for their support of programs that inspire the love of reading in children during the Eighth Annual Open Book Lightbearer Benefit Gala on June 11, 2009 at Macy’s Narcissus Room in Chicago. Each honoree received an engraved bookmark from Tiffany’s. Pictured (l-r) are Darlene Watkins, Institute for Positive Living Board President, Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins, Chief Education Officer, Chicago Public Schools, Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior Vice President Public Affairs & Government Relations, The Nielsen Company, Marrice Coverson, President, Institute for Positive Living, Senator John Cullerton, President, Illinois State Senate and Zoraida Sambolin from NBC-5 who emceed the event. Open Book is a program of the Institute for Positive Living.

Three Honored at Eighth Annual
Open Book Lightbearer Benefit Gala 2009


Senator John Cullerton, President, Illinois State Senate, Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins, Chief Education Officer, Chicago Public Schools and Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior Vice President Public Affairs & Government Relations, The Nielsen Company, were honored during the Eighth Annual Open Book Lightbearer Benefit Gala on June 11, 2009 at Macy’s Narcissus Room in Chicago. Each honoree received an engraved bookmark from Tiffany’s in appreciation of their support for programs like Open Book that inspire the love of reading in children.

The Gala also featured testimony from Sandra F. Johnson, the Literary Coach at Armstrong Elementary School and Jacqueline Prince, a parent whose son is a participant in the Open Book Program at Armstrong. “Open Book is the greatest program I’ve ever been introduced to,” said Johnson, “and I’ve seen a lot of programs.” Johnson pointed out that her Open Book students became excited about reading and that this excitement was so infectious that parents, siblings, other students and even the principal and assistant principal want to read the same books that the Open Book kids are reading.

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Institute for Positive Living Open House 2009

A Balloon Launch in memory of HIV/AIDS victims was held during the Open House sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living (IPL) and Lawless Gardens on May 29, 2009 at the IPL offices, 3620 S. Rhodes. The Balloon Launch was a tribute to those who have passed from HIV/AIDS and to the struggle of those who are infected with the disease. The event also focused on education, health screenings, and fun. There were games, the Jumping Jack Dome, face painting, a dance contest, raffles, a barbeque and great prizes.

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Literary Night at Mayo, May 11, 2009





Pictured are photos take during Mayo Elementary School's Literacy Night on May 11, 2009. The event was sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program and Mayo. Mayo Elementary is located at 249 E. 37th St. in Chicago.

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Family Math & Literary Night at Willliams, April 30, 2009



Family Math & Literary Night at Williams


Jesse H. Ruiz from the Illinois State Board of Education looks on as his sons Jonathan and Benjamin participate with Williams’ students in a Cat in the Hat Book Making workshop during Family Math and Literary Night Sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program and Williams Multiplex on April 20, 2009. Ruiz spoke to parents, teachers and students stating, “Reading is critical. It’s the building block of all education.

Parents and students are pictured as they pick out a free book, compliments of the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book
Program during Family Math and Literary Night Sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program and Williams Multiplex on April 20, 2009.

Jaylan Mealing and Justus Phillips pose
with story book characters.


A mother shows her son a book.

Students raise their hands to answer a question during the opening session of Family Math & Literary Night.


One of the adult activities was the HIV/AIDS screening.

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Author Event with Catherine Ingram, March 21, 2009

Catherine Ingram Signs books.

Open Book students from Gregory Elementary School are pictured with Catherine Ingram, author of Stop It Now Or REGRET It Later prior to getting their books signed during a Student/Author Event on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Catherine Ingram signs books for Williams Multiplex students.

Open Book students from White Career Academy are pictured with Catherine Ingram, author of Stop It Now Or REGRET It Later as they get their books signed.

Copernicus students perform.

Students from Copernicus Elementary School perform a skit based on book Stop It Now Or REGRET It Later by Catherine Ingram during a Student/Author Event.



Author Catherine Ingram tells Open Book Students that Discipline is
Good for Kids


More than 100 African American inner city students, aged 9 – 14, got a chance to meet author Catherine Ingram as part of Chicago’s unique Open Book Program during an talk-show style Student/Author Event on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Williams Multiplex,2710 S. Dearborn, in Chicago. The Open Book participants performed skits and poems based on Ingram’s book Stop It Now Or REGRET It Later. They also got their books signed by the author. Younger Open Book students performed excerpts from Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs: Stars and Sparks on Stage by Sharon Draper. Open Book is a program of the Institute of Positive Living.

During the program, Ingram spoke to the about the need discipline in the home and about the importance of learning how to be a good parent. “Our kids have enough freedom,” she said. “What they need is authority figures. What they need is a mom and a dad who can say no.” Ingram’s remarks were based on her book Stop It Now Or REGRET It Later, a novel that was written to create a dialogue about parenting

Open Book students are from Armstrong Elementary School, Copernicus Elementary, Gregory Elementary, Henderson Elementary, Mayo Elementary School, Nicholson Elementary, Open Book/Lawless Gardens, Reed Elementary, Penn Elementary, University of Chicago-Donoghue, White Career Academy, and Williams Multiplex.

The Open Book Program focuses on stimulating interest in reading quality, culturally relevant children's literature through a variety of activities including literary circles, drama, and Internet experiences. During each program segment, participants do an in-depth study of one or two books. Authors and author/illustrators have included Sandra Belton, Ashley Bryan, Debbi Chocolate, Sharon Flake, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nikki Grimes, Harriette Gillem Robinet, Charles R. Smith, Jr., Glennette Tilley Turner, Darwin MacBeth Walton, Walter Dean Myers, and Camille Yarbrough.

“Author interaction is a key ingredient in the success of the Open Book Program,” states founder Marrice Coverson, president of the Institute for Positive Living and executive director of Open Book. “The talk-show format gives students the opportunity to interact with one another and to experience the books through the dramatic productions that each school has prepared.” For information on the Student/Author event or the Open Book Program, contact Marrice Coverson at 924-9802. Information about Open Book including examples of student work can be obtained on the World Wide Web at www.openbookprogram.org.

 


 

 

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