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Literary Night at May, 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
Highlighs of the Institute for Positive Living Open House
Highlights of the 7th Annual IPL Lightbearer Gala
Author Event for How They Got Over
Author Event with Nikki Grimes
Author Event with Jacqueline Woodson

Christmas Gift of Reading Event at Tilden High School
Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You!

Lightbearer Gala May 3, 2007
Sharon Draper Author Event & Workshop
Culminating Workshop, May 2007

Literary Night at May, 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


Good Food + Good Reading08
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. 

 

 

 




Institute for Positive Living Open House 2008

Balloon for HIV/AIDS at IPL Open House, July, 2008.


Community youth and adults participate in a Balloon Launch in memory of those afflicted by HIV/AIDS during the Open House sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living (IPL) and Lawless Gardens on July 11, 2008 at the IPL offices, 3620 S. Rhodes. The event also focused on education, health screenings, and fun.


Members of the  HIV/AIDS Project at IPL Open House, July, 2008.

Members of the Institute for Positive Living’s (IPL) HIV/AIDS Project are pictured with IPL President Marrice Coverson (center) during the Open House sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living (IPL) and Lawless Gardens on July 11, 2008 at the IPL offices, 3620 S. Rhodes. They are holding copies of Dear HIV/AIDS: Youth Speak Out About HIV/AIDS and the Pain it Brings, a book authored by youth in the project. The Open House event featured a Balloon Launch in memory of those afflicted by HIV/AIDS, health screenings and educational and fun activities. Pictured (l-r) are: Tatera Hooks, Melody White, Marrice Coverson, Lester Braziel, and Aubrey Guy.

Health screenings at IPL Open House, July, 2008.

Health screenings were among the activities that took place during the Open House sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living (IPL) and Lawless Gardens on July 11, 2008 at the IPL offices, 3620 S. Rhodes. The event focused on education, health screenings, and fun. One feature was a Balloon Launch in memory of those afflicted by HIV/AIDS.


Youth Group Launches Balloons in Memory of HIV/AIDS Victims, July 11th

Balloon Launch Highlights Need for HIV/AIDS Education

Launch is Part of Open House/HIV/AIDS Education Event Sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living and Lawless Gardens

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 Friday, July 11, 2008, 3 - 6 p.m. 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. Those in attendance got to meet the young writer's who authored Dear HIV/AIDS: Youth Speak Out About HIV/AIDS and the Pain it Brings.

The event also focused on education, health screenings, and fun. There were games, the Jumping Jack Dome, AIDS Bingo, and great prizes. Attendees got an opportunity to be tested for high blood pressure and cholesterol. There was also HIV/AIDS information and testing.
 
The Open House was facilitated by IPL as part of the organization’s mission to promote the quality of community life with special focus on helping families solve educational, social an economic problems. In addition to the HIV/AIDS Project, IPL programs include Open Book, a multi-faceted after-school program for young adolescents that engages youth in activities that encourage development of their reading, writing and critical thinking skills, the Book Club Mentoring, Entrepreneurship Training, We Real Cool, and Write Now Girl.
 
The book, Youth Speak Up About HIV/AIDS and the Pain It Brings, is the second volume of writings published as part of the Institute for Positive Living/Open Book Program Literary Series. The poems, essays, and comments in Dear HIV/AIDS were generated during IPL’s HIV/AIDS Project, which also included the creation of informative poster boards and pamphlets about HIV/AIDS and listening to experts on the disease. The Balloon Launch is part of the continuing activities by youth involved in IPL’s HIV/AIDS Project.

 

 

 

 




Highlights of the 7th Annual IPL Lightbearer Gala

Highlights Lightbearer Gala 2008


Students from Institute for Positive Living’s (IPL) Open Book Program at Williams Multiplex perform a piece based on Bronx Masquerade byNikki Grimesduring the Institute for Positive Living’s 7th Annual Lightbearer Gala. Open Book is a multi-faceted after-school program for young adolescents that engages youth in activities that encourage development of their reading, writing and
critical thinking skills.



Lightbearer award winners, 2008

Pictured with Institute for Positive Living (IPL) President Marrice Coverson (fourth from left) are this year’s IPL Lightbearer Awardees (l-r): Erwin McEwen, Director, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Amina Dickerson, Senior Director of corporate contributions for Kraft Foods, Theresa (TeeSee) Fambro Hooks, columnist for the Chicago Defender, Michael Scott Jr. (accepting for Michael W. Scott, President, Michael Scott & Associates, Past President, Chicago Public Schools), and Sam Balark, Director, External Affairs, AT&T. The Institute for Positive Living’s 7th Annual Lightbearer Gala took place on May 1, 2008 at the­ Parkway Ballroom, 4455 South King Drive, in Chicago.



Students from Institute for Positive Living’s (IPL) Open Book Program at Williams Multiplex perform a piece based on Bronx Masquerade byNikki Grimesduring the Institute for Positive Living’s 7th Annual Lightbearer Gala. Open Book is a multi-faceted after-school program for young adolescents that engages youth in activities that encourage development of their reading, writing and
critical thinking skills.



Vernon Johns poet at the 2008 Lightbearer Gala
Terisa Griffin performs at 2008 Lightbearer Gala.
Khadijah Buckley, 13, an 8th grader and Open Book Program participant from Vernon Johns Elementary School performed an original poem inspired by on Bronx Masquerade byNikki Grimes during the Institute for Positive Living’s 7th Annual Lightbearer Gala. Open Book is a multi-faceted after-school program for young adolescents that engages youth in activities that encourage development of their reading, writing and
critical thinking skills.
Singing sensation Terisa Griffin is pictured as she performs during the Institute for Positive Living’s 7th Annual Lightbearer Gala.

Five Honored at Institute for Positive Living’s 7th Annual Lightbearer Benefit, May 1, 2008

Erwin McEwen, Director, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Amina Dickerson, Senior Director of corporate contributions for Kraft Foods, Sam Balark, Director, External Affairs, AT&T, and Michael W. Scott, President, Michael Scott & Associates, Past President, Chicago Public Schools Board were this year’s honorees at the Institute for Positive Living’s (IPL) 7th Annual Lightbearer Gala on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 South King Drive, in Chicago. The Lightbearer event, themed “Masquerade Ball,” featured singing sensation Terisa Griffin, known for her one-woman shows that pay tribute to divas of song and stage like Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. In addition, a special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Theresa (TeeSee) Flambro Hooks, columnist for the Chicago Defender.

This year's Lightbearer Gala was emceed by Hosea Sanders, Channel 7 News Anchorman. In keeping with IPL’s commitment to children’s literacy, the Lightbearer Gala also featured performances by IPL’s Open Book Program participants from Williams Multiplex and Johns Academy. The youth did performance pieces based on Miracle Boys by Jacqueline Woodson and Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes.

“Attendees had, a great time—and a chance to benefit IPL’s programs like Open Book, Book Club Mentoring, Entrepreneurship Training, We Real Cool, and Write Now Girl,” stated IPL President Marrice Coverson. “The Institute for Positive Living's Open Book Program is proud to honor these four outstanding individuals who share the belief that children should be encouraged to enjoy the art of reading. Our honorees and their respective organizations are among those who support IPL’s programs like Open Book that encourage the development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.”

IPL’s core program is Open Book, a multi-faceted after-school program for young adolescents that engages youth in activities that encourage development of their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Open Book is currently funded in ten Chicago public schools: Beethoven, Gregory, Henderson, Johns Academy, Mayo, McCorkle, Reed, University of Chicago-Donoghue, White Career Academy, and Williams Multiplex. Another Open Book site serves the youth of Lawless Gardens. Other IPL programs include Book Club Mentoring, Entrepreneurship Training, We Real Cool, and Write Now Girl.

Co-Chairs for this year’s Lightbearer Gala are Lester N. Coney, Mesirow Financial, and Elzie L. Higginbottom, East Lake Management and Development Corp.

Honorary co-chairs are: Kara Burrell, Consultant, Margina Christian, Jet Magazine, Deborah Crable, WYCC, State Representative Ken Dunkin, Matt Foran, Marsh Company, Frank Gihan, Flowers Communication, Wallace Goode, University of Chicago, Daryl Handy/President, Lakefront Management LLC, Ralph Hughes, Macys, State Senator Mattie Hunter, State Senator Iris Martinez, Daryl Newell, ShoreBank, Deputy Governor Louanner Peters, State of Illinois, Zoraida Sambolin,NBC-Channel 5, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Author/Illustrator, David E. Whittaker, Chicago Area Project, and Brenda Whittman, Eastlake Management.

Past Lightbearer honorees have included: Lee Brown, former Area Instructional Officer for the Chicago Public School System, The Church of The Spirit, John Clark, President/CEO, Reggio’s Pizza, Alderman Shirley E. Coleman, 16th Ward, Lester N. Coney, Executive Vice President, Mesirow Financial, Merri Dee, Director of Community Relations, WGN-TV, Tommy Ford, children's book author and actor, Frank Gihan, Director of Community Relations, Chicago Tribune Charities, Wallace E. Goode, University of Chicago, Daryl Handy/President, Lakefront Management LLC, Elzie Higginbottom, CEO/President, East Lake Management, Ralph Hughes, Regional Director, Marshall Fields State Street (now Macy’s), State Senator Mattie Hunter, Senate Majority Leader Emil Jones, Susan Levy, R.R. Donnelley and Sons, Doug Mabie, Springboard Foundation, Frederick McNeal Jr., Principal of Mayo Elementary School, Joe Moore, Manager, Community Relations, Shell Oil, Darryl Newell, President, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Phillip Nyden, Professor of Sociology and Director of Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago, Frances Odem, Principal, Williams Multiplex, Louanner Peters, Deputy Governor-Illinois, Styron Powers, BP Amoco, Wynona Redmond, Pubic Relations Manager for Dominick's Finer Foods, Zoraida Sambolin, Anchor for NBC-Channel 5, Hosea Sanders, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Author and Illustrator, ABC-7 Chicago, and David Whittaker, Executive Director, Chicago Area Project.

“We are grateful to the many people who continue to make the Lightbearer Gala a memorable evening,” states Coverson. “As our attendance continues to grow, we thank our friends and supporters, as well as the local media who help us tell our story. Mostly, we thank the youth who participate in the Open Book program, celebrating reading and children’s literacy every day.”

For more information, please call 773-924-9803 or 773-924-9802.

 

 




 
Author Event for How They Got Over

Henderson Open Book students perform during Author Event on May 17, 2008.


Open Book students from Henderson Elementary take a bow after performing skit based on How They Got Over authored by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist during one of Chicago’s unique Open Book Program Student/Author Events on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Henderson Elementary School, 5650South Wolcott, in Chicago.


Young Poet reads from Dear HIV/AIDS.

Open Book student Lizzie Jefferson from Williams Multiplex is pictured with Marrice Coverson, president of the Institute for Positive Living and executive director of Open Book, after reading her poem “Positivity,” which appears in Dear HIV/AIDS, the newest release in the Institute for Positive Living/Open Book Literary Series. The HIV/AIDS project was funded by the Illinois Department of Health and State Senator Mattie Hunter.


Marrice Coverson introduces winner of HIV/AIDS bumper sticker contest.

Open Book student Juhdi Miller from McCorkle School is congratulated by Marrice Coverson, president of the Institute for Positive Living and executive director of Open Book, on creating the winning design in the Open Book HIV/AIDS Bumper Sticker Contest. The bumper sticker says, “Lots of Things Can Kill You. Why Let HIV/AIDS be One of Them?” The HIV/AIDS project was funded by the Illinois Department of Health and State Senator Mattie Hunter.


Marrice Coverson introduces Essay Contest Winner.

Open Book participant and Williams Multiplex student Laquisha Jarrett is congratulated by Marrice Coverson, president of the Institute for Positive Living and executive director of Open Book, on her award-winning essay for the Chicago Public School System’s TEACH Essay Contest. Her assignment was to write about someone who motivated her. She wrote about Ms. Nayram Adadevoh, a teacher at Williams and with the Open Book Program.

Open Book Students Performed Skits Based on How They Got Over during Open Book Author Event

Students get copies of Dear HIV/AIDS, the newest book in the Institute for Positive Living/Open Book Literary Series

More than 200 African American inner city students, aged 9 - 14, performed skits based on How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea authored by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist as part of Chicago’s unique Open Book Program Student/Author Event on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Henderson Elementary School, 5650South Wolcott, in Chicago. In addition, each student received a copy of Dear HIV/AIDS: Youth Speak Out About HIV/AIDS and the Pain it Brings, the newest release in the Institute for Positive Living/Open Book Literary Series.

Other event highlights included a reading by young poet, Lizzie Jefferson from Williams Multiples, of her poem “Positivity?” from Dear HIV/AIDS [SEE POEM BELOW]; the introduction of Juhdi Miller from McCorkle School who created the winning design of the Open Book HIV/AIDS Bumper Sticker Contest. Both HIV/AIDS projects were funded by the Illinois Department of Health and State Senator Mattie Hunter.

Another highlight was a group recitation of “Open Book,” a rap poem about the benefits of the Open Book Program, written by Shanika Washington from Beethoven Elementary School. [SEE POEM BELOW] In addition, Open Book participant and Williams Multiplex student Laquisha Jarrett was honored for writing an award-winning essay for the Chicago Public School System’s TEACH Essay Contest. Her assignment was to write about someone who motivated her. She wrote about Ms. Nayram Adadevoh, a teacher at Williams and with the Open Book Program.

In How They Got Over, winner of the Bank Street Children's Book Award, Greenfield and Gilchrist examine how the connection to the sea has influenced generations of African Americans—from a shipbuilder-businessman during the American Revolution to the first woman and African American to hold the highest-ranking position in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps. The lives of the extraordinary men and women included in this book create a stirring image of the powerful tie between African Americans and the water that has both bound them and set them free.

Open Book participants at the event were from Lawless Gardens and several elementary schools including Beethoven, Gregory, Henderson, Johns Academy, Mayo, McCorkle, Reed, 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, Jacqueline Woodson, and Camille Yarbrough.

For information on the Student/Author event or the Open Book Program, contact Marrice Coverson at 773-924-9802 or 773-924-9803. Information about Open Book including examples of student work can be obtained on the World Wide Web at www.openbookprogram.org.

 




 
Author Event with Nikki Grimes

Open Book students from Gregory School get their books signed by Nikki Grimes.


Open Book students from Gregory Academy are pictured with Award-Winning Children’s Book Author Nikki Grimes prior to getting their copies of Bronx Masquerade signed. They were among 200 Open Book participants who got a chance to meet Grimes during an Open Book Student/Author Event on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, 4100 S. King Dr., in Chicago. The Open Book Participants also performed excerpts from the book and asked interview questions. Open Book is a program of the Institute for Positive Living. Nikki Grimes is pictured with (l-r) Victoria Hall, Faith Williams, Leanna Willliams, Jaquez Williams, Charles Carter and their teacher Felicia Epting. Gregory Academy is located at 3715 W. Polk St.




Mom and daughter at Author Event.

Open Book Student Montera Carr, 10, from Reed Elementary School shows her mom, Adrienne Carr, her copy of Bronx Masquerade, which was just signed by Award-Winning Author Nikki Grimes.


Open Book students from Williams Multiplex perform during Author Event.

Open Book students from Williams Multiplex perform during an Open Book/Author Event with Nikki Grimes on March 15, 2008 at Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, 4100 S. King Dr., in Chicago. Open Book students performed excerpts from Award-winning Author Nikki Grimes’ book, Bronx Masquerade, and also asked interview questions and got a chance to have their books signed.



Award-Winning Author Nikki Grimes Tells Open Book Kids: “Be Stubborn About Your Dreams”

Open Book Students Performed Skits Based on Grimes’ Bronx Masquerade during Open Book Author Event

More than 200 African American inner city students, aged 9 - 14, got a chance to meet award-winning children's book author Nikki Grimes as part of Chicago's unique Open Book Program Student/Author Event on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, 4100 S. King Dr., in Chicago. The Open Book Participants performed excerpts and asked interview questions based on Grimes’ book, Bronx Masquerade.The young people also got a chance to have their books signed by Woodson.

During the event, Nikki Grimes talked about the saying “Sticks and Stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” She pointed out that words can hurt—especially if they come from someone close to you. During her childhood, many tried to discourage Grimes from pursuing her dream to become a writer. People in her New York City neighborhood said, “You’ll never get published.” Her mother said, “Writers are a dime a dozen.” But Grimes refused to give up her dream and is now a successful, award-winning author. “It pays to be stubborn about your dreams,” she told the crowd.

Open Book participants at the event were from Lawless Gardens and several elementary schools including Beethoven, Gregory, Henderson, Johns Academy, Mayo, McCorkle, Reed, White Career Academy, and Williams Multiplex.

Bronx Masquerade is the latest book experienced by students in the Institute for Positive Living's Open Book Program, a youth development program that stimulates love of reading through an exciting exploration of literature. During each 10-week after-school program module, Open Book incorporates dramatic arts and media to spark imagination, build skills and broaden horizons.

Bronx Masquerade is a novel written in 18 voices. It follows a classroom of high school students over the course of a year, exploring who they are behind the masks they wear, and using poetry to do it.

 “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.”

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, Jacqueline Woodson, and Camille Yarbrough.

For information on the Student/Author event or the Open Book Program, contact Marrice Coverson at 773-924-9802 or 773-924-9803. Information about Open Book including examples of student work can be obtained on the World Wide Web at www.openbookprogram.org.

 




 
Author Event with Jacqueline Woodson


Open Book students from Vernon Johns Elementary School are pictured with Award-Winning Children’s Book Author Jacqueline Woodson prior to getting their copies of Miracle’s Boys signed.



Award-winning children’s book author Jacqueline Woodson, State Senator Mattie Hunter, and Institute for Positive Living President Marrice Coverson are pictured with representatives from Beethoven, Gregory, Johns Academy, Mayo, McCorkle, Ryder, White Career Academy, Williams Multiplex, and University of Chicago-Donoghue elementary schools.



Another highlight of the Open Book Student/Author event was an Appreciation Award presented to Open Book Founder and Executive Director Marrice Coverson by Williams Multiplex. Pictured (l-r) are Award-winning Children’s Book Author Jacqueline Woodson, Theresa Rhea and Francis Oden from Williams Multiplex, and Marrice Coverson.



Open Book participants applaud award-winning children’s book author Jacqueline Woodson.

Open Book students from Williams Multiplex perform an excerpt from Jacqueline Woodson’s book Miracle’s Boys.

More than 150 African American inner city students, aged 9 - 14, got a chance to meet award-winning children's book author Jacqueline Woodson as part of Chicago's unique Open Book Program during an talk-show style Student/Author Event on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at Williams Multiplex, 2710 S. Dearborn in Chicago. The Open Book Participants performed excerpts and asked interview questions based on Woodson’s books Miracle’s Boys and Locomotion. The young people also got a chance to have their books signed by Woodson.

Open Book participants were from Lawless Gardens and several elementary schools including Beethoven, Gregory, Johns Academy, Mayo, McCorkle, Ryder, White Career Academy, Williams Multiplex, and University of Chicago-Donoghue.

Woodson reacted to their performances by stating that she had never before sat in an audience and watched scenes from her books performed.

Another highlight of the event was an Appreciation Award presented to Open Book Founder and Executive Director Marrice Coverson by Williams Multiplex. State Senator Mattie Hunter also attended the program and complimented Open Book participants on their efforts.

Miracle’s Boys and Locomotion are the latest books experienced by students in the Institute for Positive Living's Open Book Program, a youth development program that stimulates love of reading through an exciting exploration of literature. During each 10-week after-school program module, Open Book incorporates dramatic arts and media to spark imagination, build skills and broaden horizons.

In Miracle’s Boys, three brothers who are orphaned by the death of their mother, are trying to get by. Twelve-year-old Lafayette tells the story of what happens to him and his older brothers, fifteen year old Charlie and twenty-one year old Ty’ree, after Charlie comes home from a juvenile detention center where he has spent time for armed robbery. Miracle’s Boys is the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Locomotion is about Lonnie C. Motion, a boy who has had some tough breaks in his life. But, Lonnie’s fifth grade class is learning to write poetry and suddenly, Lonnie is finding the words to tell the world about his family, the fire that took his parents away, his little sister, his world. Locomotion isNational Book Award Finalist and a Coretta Scott King Honor book.

Woodson spoke to the young people from Open Book about her journey from a child who always loved to tell stories to a professional author with over 20 published books. In her biography, Woodson stated that she told a lot of stories as a child-not “Once upon a time” stories but basically, outright lies. This all changed in fifth grade when a teacher told her that a story she wrote was “really good.” Woodson told the students that this is how she found out that when you put a lie in a story on paper, it’s not a lie any more. These are the type of lies that win you prizes.

 “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.”

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.

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.




 
Christmas Gift of Reading Event at Tilden High School


Young poets from Beethoven Elementary School and Phillips High School are pictured during a Gift of Reading Event on December 13, 2007 at Tilden High School, 4747 S. Union in Chicago.



Young poet Antonio Carrol (left), from Beethoven Elementary School signs a copy of See It Like Me!: An anthology of writings from the Open Book Program.



Young poets (l-r) Bryanna Washington from Beethoven Elementary School and Markita Wells and Marcel Pryor from Phillips High School sign copies of See It Like Me!: An anthology of writings from the Open Book Program and Divine Chronicles of a Steel River.


Over 200 copies of See It Like Me and Divine Chronicles of a Steel River, two books of short stories and poetry written by Chicago Public School students in the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program and from the Olive Tree Foundation, were given away during a Christmas Gift of Reading event at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at Tilden High School, 4747 S. Union in Chicago. Students from Tilden High School and Beethoven Elementary School received the books during a school assembly that featured the young writers performing some of their work. Book recipients also got a chance to have their books signed by the young authors.

The student authors included Bryanna Washington and Antonio Carrol from Beethoven Elementary School and Erica Brown, Hope Hendricks, Dominique Pipkins, Marcel Pryor, Tanisha Tolbert, Josalyn Warfield, Peter Welch, and Markita Wells from Phillips High School. The Beethoven students work appeared in See It Like Me! The Phillips student’s work appeared in Divine Chronicles of a Steel River.

The young writers were very proud of participating in a writing project and getting their work published. Erica Brown who read her poem “Thought We Were Family” stated, “I† makes me feel good that I can express myself through words. Getting published means that I’ve accomplished one of my goals.” Antonio Carrol who read his poem “Book Power” said, “The best time for me in life for me is when I write.” Bryanna Washington who read her poem “Healing Power” stated,  “It feels good to be published. Writing inspires me to let out how I feel.”

“The Institute for Positive Living (IPL) is proud to work with its collaborative partner, the Olive Tree Foundation on this event which emphasized the importance of giving the gift of reading during the holiday season,” states IPL Executive Director Marrice Coverson. “These young published writers from Beethoven elementary and Phillips High School worked hard during after school programs over the last year or so to create these literary works. They demonstrate that the love of reading can lead to the love of writing and that this love of writing can, in turn, inspire others to want to read.”

The Institute for Positive Living facilitates the innovative reading program called Open Book in almost a dozen grammar schools throughout Chicago. This creative reading program encourages young people to be excited about reading and writing and thinking critically about the world around them. The philosophy is that if children are excited about reading, they will read more and if they read more they will do better in school. Marked increases in the reading scores of the children participating the Open Book program have been reported by many of the schools in which IPL has facilitated reading programs in since 1999.

The Institute for Positive Living would like to thank the Olive Tree Foundation, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold and Gerald and Rebecca Gerleve for making these donations possible.

 




 

Highlights from Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You! On August 4, 2007

 

Young people learn to create their own books.


Young people learn to create their own books, one of the activities at the Open Book Literacy Village.


Kids in reading game.

Teacher Chinyere Conley leads a group of young festival-goers in a reading game.


State Senator Mattie Hunter surveys the festival.

State Senator Mattie Hunter used a golf cart to visit booths during the large festival.


A Great Day for
Good Food  + Good Reading
+ Good Health = A Better You
!


This year the Institute for Positive Living (IPL) teamed up with State Senator Mattie Hunter to hold Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You!, a festival that focused on healthy bodies and healthy minds. The festival was held on August 4, 2007 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Each summer, IPL hosts their Off the page Reading Festival. According to Open Book Program founder Marrice Coverson, the purpose of the 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.
This year, the festival theme was expanded to include good health. State Senator Mattie Hunter's 3rd Legislative District Fourth Annual Health & Fitness Fair featured activities that helped individuals and families to get healthy and fit/ These activities included: School Physicals (Bring Immunization Record), Eye Examinations, Health Screenings (Diabetes, Blood Pressure, etc.), AIDS information, Wholistic Health information, Jazzercize, and Women's Workout World.

Children and their parents also got a chance to visit Open Book Literacy Village, which featured activities like: Learn how to create your own book; Classes on writing poetry, lyrics & short stories; Reading games; Meet famous writers; Fairy Tale Jeopardy; Story Tellers.
Other highlights: Prizes!, Free Food, Free Books, Free School Supplies, Raffles and Give-aways. Good Food  + Good Reading + Good Health = A Better You! Was sponsored by State Sen. Mattie Hunter, the Institute for Positive Living and the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

 
Boy recieves school supplies.

A boy receives a backpack filled with free back-to-school supplies.
Blood pressure testing at the festival.

A community resident gets his blood pressure checked.
 
Four Honored at Lightbearer Benefit for
the Open Book Program on May 3, 2007
 

Lightbearer Awardees


Pictured are the four awardees honored during the Sixth Annual Lightbearer Benefit Gala for the Institute for Positive Living’s (IPL) Open Book Program on May 3, 2007 (second from left to third from right): Marielle Saines accepting for Louanner Peters, Deputy Governor of Illinois; Lester N. Coney, Executive Vice President; Zoraida Sambolin, NBC-Channel 5; and Frances Odem, Senior Advisor, Williams Multiplex. Also pictured are MC Hosea Sanders from Channel 7 (left), IPL Board President Ida Cross Pruitt (second from right) and IPL President Marrice Coverson (right). Each honoree received a portrait drawn by Author/Illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist.


Donoghue Kids Perform

Open Book Participants from University of Chicago-Donoghue Elementary School perform a piece based on the book Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs by Sharon Draper.
Mayo Kids Perform

Open Book Participants from Mayo Elementary School perform a poem based on the book Copper Sun by Sharon Draper.
Williams kids perform

Open Book Participants from Williams Multiplex perform a piece based on the book Copper Sun  by Sharon Draper.
The Other Dream Girls

The Other Dream Girls, Open Book Performing Artists Samara Smith and Coca Elysess and Open Book/Donoghue Elementary Teacher Akailah Todd, belt out classic songs.
 


Lester N. Coney, Executive Vice President, Mesirow Financial, Zoraida Sambolin, Anchor for NBC-Channel 5, Frances Odem, Senior Advisor, Williams Multiplex, and Louanner Peters, Deputy Governor-Illinois were year’s honorees at the Lightbearer benefit for the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program on May 3, 2007 at Marmon Grand Ballroom, 2230 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. The Lightbearer event, themed “Making Dreams Come True,” featured performances by Open Book students and by Open Book performing artists and teachers.

“The Institute for Positive Living's Open Book Program is proud to honor these three outstanding individuals who share the belief that children should be encouraged to enjoy the art of reading,” states Institute for Positive Living President Marrice Coverson. “Our honorees and their respective organizations are among those who support the Open Book Program's efforts to encourage the development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.”

The Open Book Program is a multi-faceted after-school program for young adolescents. The Program engages youth in activities that encourage development of their reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Open Book is currently funded in nine Chicago public schools: Beethoven, Johns Academy, Mayo, McCorkle, Oglesby, Price, White Career Academy, Williams Multiplex, and University of Chicago-Donoghue. In addition Open Book and the Institute of Positive Living has developed a variety of programs for residents of Lawless Gardens.

Co-chairs for this year’s Lightbearer gala are: Rev. Bobby Rush (US Congressman); Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter; Illinois State Representative Ken Dunkin; Illinois State Representative Elga Jeffries; Sandy Benen, Glaxo Smith Klein; Calvin Butler, RR Donnelly; Elzie Higginbottom, Eastlake Management; Paul & Joan Rubschlager, Ruschlager Baking Co.; Timothy Wright, Gonzales, Saggio & Harlan; and David E. Whittaker, Chicago Area Project.

Special thanks for this year’s event go to Dominick’s Shorebank, Chicagoland Foods, Marmon Grand Ballroom, Union beverage Co., D. Williams Public Relations Group, A Work of Art Florist, Soul Deliciious Catering, Artist/Illustrator Jane Spivey Gilchrist, Joyeux Designs, Montgomery Media Enterprises, and gala committee members and volunteers Jarrod Hunter, Janis McReynolds and the entire Institute for Positive Living staff and volunteers.

Past Lightbearer honorees have included: Alderman Shirley E. Coleman, 16th Ward, Former Senate Minority Leader, Emil Jones; David Whittaker, Executive Director, Chicago Area Project; Frank Gihan, Director of Community Relations, Chicago Tribune Charities,. the Church of The Spirit, Daryl Handy, former Director of External Affairs, Ameritech; Elzie Higginbottom, CEO/President, East Lake Management; Ralph Hughes, Regional Director, Marshall Fields State Street; John Clark, President/CEO, Reggio’s Pizza; Wallace E. Goode, City of Chicago’s Empowerment Zone; Susan Levy, R.R. Donnelley and Sons; Doug Mabie, Springboard Foundation; Darryl Newell, President, 100 Black Men of Chicago; Hosea Sanders, ABC-7 Chicago; Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Author and Illustrator; Phillip Nyden, Professor of Sociology and Director of Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago, Joe Moore, Manager, Community Relations, Shell Oil, Frederick McNeal Jr., Principal of Mayo Elementary School, Merri Dee, Director of Community Relations, WGN-TV, Wynona Redmond, Pubic Relations Manager for Dominick's Finer Foods, State Senator Mattie Hunter, Lee Brown, former Area Instructional Officer for the Chicago Public School System and Tommy Ford, children's book author and actor.

“We are grateful to the many people who continue to make the Lightbearer Benefit a memorable evening,” states Coverson. “As our attendance continues to grow, we thank our friends and supporters, as well as the local media who help us tell our story. Mostly, we thank the youth who participate in the Open Book program, celebrating reading and children’s literacy every day.”




Author Sharon Draper to Open Book Students: “Your job is to tell the next generation to stand tall…”

 
 
Students from Vernon Johns Academy act out a scene from Copper Sun during an Open Book Author Event with Sharon Draper on March 17, 2007 at Johns Academy 6936 S. Hermitage, in Chicago.  
Oglesby students perform

Students from Oglesby Elementary School, 7646 South Green, act out a scene from Copper Sun.
Sharon Draper and Johns girls


Critically-acclaimed author and teacher Sharon Draper is pictured with (l-r) Gabrielle Erediauwa from Lawless Gardens, Stephanie Wilder and Markiysha Cunningham from Vernon Johns Academy.


 


Marrice with Sharon Draper


Marrice Coverson, President of the Institute for Positive Living is pictured with Author/Master Educator Sharon Draper during a Teachers Training Workshop sponsored by the Institute For Positive Living’s Open Book Program on March 16, 2007 at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan in Chicago. Each participant received an autographed copy of Draper’s book, Not Quite Burned Out But Crispy Around the Edges.



Mayo teachers with Sharon Draper

Teachers from Mayo Elementary School, 249 E. 37th St., are pictured with Author/Master Educator Sharon Draper during the Teachers Training Workshop.

Critically-Acclaimed Author Meets with Teachers and Students, March 16 & 17, 2007 during Workshop and Book Signing/Performance Events


More than 200 African American inner city students, aged 9 – 14, listened intently as critically-acclaimed Author Sharon Draper shared the story of how her book Copper Sun came to be written during an Open Book Author Event on Saturday, March 17, 2007, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Johns Academy, 6936 S. Hermitage, in Chicago. Copper Sun, inspired by a Draper’s trip to Ghana, isa story about 15-year-old Amari, a girl who has only one thing left—hope—after she being stolen from her village and sold to the highest bidder. “You have to know that people did this for you,” said Draper. “someone got beat for trying to learn to read. You are responsible for standing tall and being proud. Your job is to tell the next generation to stand tall and be proud of what they are.”

The Author Event was one of two Open Book events featuring Draper. On March 16th, more than 30 teachers participated in a workshop with Draper who is also a master educator. Draper stressed the value of using a backdoor approach to inspire learning. In one exercise, for example, Draper used various pieces of classical music and asked teachers to think about what colors they hear and what part of a movie you would put the music in if you were a producer.

One of the highlights of the Author Event were the student performances based on either on Copper Sun or Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs Book 2: Lost in the Tunnel of Time. Performances were given by Open Book participants from Lawless Gardens and several elementary schools including Beethoven, Johns Academy, Mayo, McCorkle, Oglesby, Price, White Career Academy, Williams Multiplex, and University of Chicago-Donoghue.

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 Plus Some Fun Wrap Up
Open Book Program for 2006/2007

 
culminating workshop


Jack Ryan, a performing artists at Open Book’s McCorckle Elementary School site and Schewidia Brassel, the after-school coordinator from Oglesby Elementary School participate in the end-of-the-school-year assessment workshop sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program on May 22, 2007 at Room 43, 1039 E. 43rd St. in Chicago. The workshop focused on achievements, challenges, and solutions. The Open Book Program is a multi-faceted after-school program for young adolescents that inspires the love of reading.

Teachers and artists at culminating workshop

Teachers and performing artists from Williams Multiplex and Mayo participate in the end-of-the-school-year assessment workshop sponsored by the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program.
Having fun with karioke


Performing Artist Samara Smith and Open Book Staffer Jarrod Hunter sing a song Karaoke-style during the celebration portion of the Open Book Program’s end-of-the-school-year culminating activity.

Teachers and performing artists from the Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program participated in an assessment workshop, followed by food and fun on May 22, 2007 at Room 43, 1039 E. 43rd St. in Chicago. The assessment workshop, conducted by professional facilitator Yvonne Jeffers, focused on achievements and challenges of the current year. It also focused on solutions that will help Open Book improve. The Open Book Program is a multi-faceted after-school program for young adolescents that inspires the love of reading.

The teachers and artists participating in the workshop came from Open Book Program Chicago Public School sites at Beethoven, Mayo, McCorkle, Oglesby, Price, White Career Academy, Williams Multiplex, and University of Chicago-Donoghue; and from the Open Book/Lawless Gardens site. High points of the Open Book Program this school year included Improved communication skills, excitement about performing and expressing themselves, interacting with artists and authors, learning from their mistakes, being eager to read—and also encouraging their non-Open Book peers to read.

The workshop was followed by a buffet dinner and karaoke performances.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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