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Kansas City Public Schools Honors Derrick Johnson and Scholastic as Community Champions for Their Work to Promote Literacy
Posted By:  Courtney Boeckman
Thursday, November 19, 2015

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KANSAS CITY, MO. – November 19, 2015 –
Kansas City Public Schools recognized Derrick Johnson, Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation and Scholastic, the educational book publisher, as Community Champions for their work to create reading oases for KCPS students.

Interim Superintendent, Al Tunis, and the Board of Directors honored Johnson, the foundation and Scholastic during the Board’s Wednesday, Nov. 18 meeting. KCPS uses the Community Champions award to recognize contributions made by partners in education and individual volunteers.

Over the past year, Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation, with support from Scholastic, opened five DJ’s Discover Dens in schools across Kansas City. These schools include Academia de Ninos and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School, as well as three Kansas City Public Schools, Satchel Paige Elementary School, Crispus Attucks Elementary School and Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.

Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation transforms underutilized classrooms and libraries into reading oases, decorated with Chiefs colors, Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation posters and comfortable furniture to read on. DJ’s Discover Dens are stocked with 1,200 age-appropriate books, donated by Scholastic. Johnson’s ultimate goal is open dens in every Title I school in Kansas City.

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