There’s been no shortage of negative news around Detroit Public Schools in recent months, from teacher sickouts, to increased levels of lead found in DPS water, to crumbling schools, and debt stacked as high as the ceiling. Despite these shortcomings, there are schools and teachers in the city of Detroit who are dedicated to teaching the next generation.
The teachers at Coleman A. Young Elementary School recognizes that role in a child’s education and is finding new ways to engage more students in reading and learning. School volunteer Janice Silver Goldman, along with faculty and students, are using music to motivate their kids and spread their love of literacy and learning across the city of Detroit.
Last year, the elementary school created a music video titled “Booktown Funk,” a play on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” They’re back with a sequesl, “Happy to READ!” which borrows from Pharrell’s “Happy.”
“This video showcases the capabilities of Detroit Public School students and underscores the need to provide them the education to reach their full potential,” Goldman says. Indeed.
See 'Boomtown Funk' below: