Public School Visitation Program

As part of the MLK Day Celebration, Western Michigan University offers students and families the opportunity to attend a variety of fun and educational workshops. Competitions include a WMU and Kalamazoo Public Schools Social Justice Book Bowl; Social Justice Art Competition, open to all middle and high school students; and a Courage to Create Poetry Competition, open to all middle and high school students. The event is open to to all parents and families from Kalamazoo Public Schools and the surrounding school districts with activities for middle and high school ages and above.

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
  • Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Ballroom, Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University
8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Registration and community organization tables
9:15 to 9:40 a.m. Welcome
9:40 to 9:50 a.m. Overview of the day
9:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Workshops: Parent/family presentations, high school workshops and middle school Career Cruising program
12:20 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Lunch
12:50 to 1:15 p.m. Interactive presentation by Ms. Yolonda Lavender, Executive Director of the Black Arts and Cultural Center
1:15 to 1:30 p.m. Courage to Create Poetry Competition winners featured
1:30 p.m. Final round of the Social Justice Book Bowl, competition winners presented immediately following.

Social Justice Book Bowl

The book bowl is a reading competition designed to encourage the love of reading and to promote literacy in Kalamazoo Public School students. The program exposes young people to different genres of young adult literature focused on social justice in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each student is responsible for reading two books (one fiction and one non-fiction selection). Students read the assigned books and prepare with their coaches and teammates for the competition. The book bowl begins each October and culminates in January.

Career Cruising

Career Cruising offers middle school students the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that are directly related to science, technology, aviation, health care careers, and careers not generally well known to pre-college students. Various University departments facilitate interactive, experiential workshops to broaden career opportunities for middle school students. Departments develop a 15-minute activity for middle school students, which will exhibit the connection of science, technology, engineering, or math in their discipline and help students understand the career possibilities in their discipline.

Creative Competitions

Art Competition

Poetry Competition