Publisher partners with schools
A local Christian publishing company is partnering with three Detroit schools to create a faith-based literacy program.
Grand Rapids-based Zondervan said last month its pilot program includes about 150 students in kindergarten and first grade at the Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corp., Westside Christian Academy and Urban Link Village.
Zondervan is providing the schools with books, teacher guides, discussion questions, flash cards and other activities from the company’s “I Can Read” series.
The program runs through this school year, with plans to extend it based on the pilot’s success.
"We are thrilled for the opportunity to come alongside these outstanding organizations to help students become more confident in their reading and nurture self-esteem as proficient readers," said Annette Bourland, SVP and group publisher, Zondervan.
"By equipping students, their parents and educators, we hope this initiative encourages entire communities to invest in their young readers and future leaders.”
Part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Zondervan produces Bibles and Christian-related books, curricula, academic resources and digital products.
The company's products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages.