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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 Sharon Draper, December 13, 2008

Workshop with Sharon Draper, December 12, 2008

HIV Rollout Kickoff Event

Highlights of the Good Food + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You! 2008

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.

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.

Author Event with Sharon Draper, December 13, 2008

Students take the "Let This Circle Not Be Broken" Blessing.

Under the direction of award-winning author Sharon Draper, students, parents, and teachers joined hands and recited an African “Let This Circle Not Be Broken” blessing during a talk-show style Open Book Student/Author Event on Saturday, December 13, 2008, at Gregory Elementary,3715 W. Polk St, in Chicago.


Students from Gregory Elementary perform.


Students from Gregory Elementary School perform a skit based on Romiette & Julio by Sharon Draper.


Sharon Draper answers questions during an Open Book Author Event.

Award-wining author Sharon Draper answers questions during a talk-show style Open Book Student/Author Event.

Armstrong students get their books signed by Sharon Draper.

Students from Armstrong Elementary School are pictured with award-wining author Sharon Draper just after getting their books signed.



Award-winning Author Sharon Draper Leads Students in “Let This Circle Not Be Broken” Blessing, December 13th

Open Book kids got a chance to meet, perform excerpts from Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs: Shadows of Caesar's Creek and Romiette & Julio, and
get their books signed

 

More than 100 African American inner city students, aged 9 – 14, got a chance to meet critically-acclaimed children’s book author Sharon Draper as part of Chicago’s unique Open Book Program during an talk-show style Student/Author Event on Saturday, December 13, at Gregory Elemetary, 3715 W. Polk St., in Chicago.The Open Book Participants prepared performance pieces and interview questions based on the best-selling books Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs: Shadows of Caesar's Creek and Romiette & Julio. Open Book is a program of the Institute of Positive Living.

During the event, Draper led the entire audience including Open Book students, their teachers, and their parents in an African “Let This Circle Not Be Broken” blessing. Participants held hands as they recited the blessing. Draper also told the students that the election of Barack Obama as president means, “there is no reason to even say I can’t do that anymore.”

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.

 


Workshop with Sharon Draper, December 12, 2008

December 12, 2008 workshop with author Sharon Draper.

Teachers, artists and parents in Institute from Positive Living’s Open Book Program are pictured with author/teacher Sharon Draper after attending a hands-on workshop filled with teaching tips on December 12, 2008. Sharon Draper is a
National Teacher of the Year, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award,
and a New York Times bestselling author.

HIV Rollout Program Kickoffs
with reception on November 10, 2008


HIV Rollout Kickoff Reception


HIV Rollout Program to Feature Fun-filled Events for Families and Youth That Focus on HIV/AIDS Awareness Education

HIV Rollout is Sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3), Chicago Area Project, and the Roseland Community Committee

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Principals and staff members from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are pictured with State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3) and Marrice Coverson, president of the Institute for Positive Living (IPL) during a kickoff reception for the HIV Rollout Program on November 10, 2008 at Room 43, 1049 E. 43rd St. in Chicago. HIV Rollout, sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3), Chicago Area Project, and the Roseland Community Committee, will feature a series of fun-filled events for youth that focus on HIV/AIDS awareness education and health screenings. Funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health, the HIV Rollout Program will focus on high school students from Fenger, Roberson, Crane, Hirsch, and Dyett. Activities will include school assemblies with entertainment, celebrities, HIV/AIDs information and HIV screenings and a basketball tournament at Fenger and Roberson. “HIV Rollout is an initiative that engages our youth in friendly and exciting activities while educating them about the seriousness of the HIV/AIDS crisis in our community,” states Coverson. “By educating our youth, we will also help educate their families.”

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Good Food + Good Reading + Good Health
= A Better You! 2008


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Author Troy Cle at Good Food + Food Reading 08


Festival goers got a chance to meet famous authors like Troy Cle, creator of the Marvelous World series at the Open Book Literacy Village, part of Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You! on August 2, 2008 at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Field, in Chicago. This year was it’s easy to get it together with two FREE annual events at ONE location: State Senator Mattie Hunter’s 3rd Legislative District Fifth Annual Health & Fitness Fair PLUS the Institute for Positive Living’s Off the Page Reading Festival 2008.


Sen. Hunter with community resdient at Good Food + Good Heath 08

State Senator Mattie Hunter poses with one of the community residents who attended Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You! on August 2, 2008.

Bookbags and school supplies were given away at Good Food + Good Reading 08.

Youth received bookbags full of school supplies during Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You! on August 2, 2008 at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Field, in Chicago.



Community Residents “Get HEALTHY in Body, Mind & Spirit”during IPL’s Off the Page Reading Festival 2008 and

Sen. Mattie Hunter’s Fifth Annual Health & Fitness Fair

Festival Theme: Good Food + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You!

It was time for the WHOLE family to get healthy in Body, Mind & Spirit during Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You! on August 2, 2008 at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Field, in Chicago. This year was it’s easy to get it together with two FREE annual events at ONE location: State Senator Mattie Hunter’s 3rd Legislative District Fifth Annual Health & Fitness Fair PLUS the Institute for Positive Living’s Off the Page Reading Festival 2008.

Children and families got healthy and fit at the Fifth Annual Health & Fitness Fair with school physicals (bring immunization record), eye examinations, health screenings (diabetes, blood pressure, etc.), AIDS information, holistic health information, Jazzercise, and Women’s Workout World.

Then they got to visit the Open Book Literacy Village where young people learned how to create their own books; took classes on writing poetry, lyrics & short stories; participated in reading games; met famous writers; played HIV/AIDS Jeopardy; and heard Story Tellers.

One of the famous authors at the Open Book Literacy Village was Troy Cle, creator of the Marvelous World book series that includes book one, The Marvelous Effect.  Cle, from East Orange, New Jersey, shared the story of how he became a writer and autographed his books.

Other highlights included prizes, free food, free books, and free school supplies. Fest goers also had fun with the Jumping Jack, Benny the Bull, Melody the Singing Clown and many other enjoyable activities.

According to Institute for Positive Living President Marrice Coverson, the purpose of the Off the Page Reading Festival is to encourage an interest and love for reading among youth and their parents and to expose youth to children's book authors, poets and other masters of the written and spoken word. “We want to stir up in children a desire to read more and to learn more,” states Coverson. "We want reading to become more meaningful in our young readers' lives,”

This is the second year that the Institute for Positive Living has teamed up with State Senator Mattie Hunter’s Annual Health & Fitness Fair.  The partnership allows the whole family to participate in wholesome activities that foster healthy living and life-long success.

Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You is sponsored by State Sen. Mattie Hunter, the Institute for Positive Living, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Diversified Behavioral Comprehensive Care. 

 

 

 




 

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