DEARBORN – More than 10,000 free copies of the classic Jack London novel “The Call of the Wild” will reach the hands of students and the public during The Big Read Dearborn community reading celebration March 8 to May 17.
Dearborn Public Schools students who attend the Michael Berry Career Center designed a tabloid edition of the book as a class project that will benefit the Dearborn community. The special edition will be unveiled and distributed for free at The Big Read kickoff Saturday, and at various Dearborn schools and other events.
The special edition of “The Call of the Wild” features original illustrations by the students, the entire text of the novel, and a community calendar of free Big Read events.
“Designing the tabloid gave the students in the MBCC design class an incentive to read and really try to understand ‘The Call of the Wild,’” said Angelo Aquino, design class instructor. “Their illustrations are very creative interpretations of what Jack London was trying to convey through his writing.
“It was a great learning opportunity for the students as they had the privilege of experiencing what it is like to work in the design field while adhering to specific job standards and deadlines.”
Students who worked on the tabloid were: Holly Eatinger and Khalid McDowell from Edsel Ford High School; Larry Daniels, Tyler Davis, Heather Hartline and James Hattan from Dearborn High School; and Mahdi Alabbas, Hadi Akhdar, Hussein Saab and Mariam Saab from Fordson High School.
The free “Call of the Wild” tabloid edition will first be available, as well as a display of the original student illustrations, at The Big Read Dearborn Kickoff event at The Henry Ford from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The free event includes music, family friendly activities, a dramatic reading by members of the Players Guild of Dearborn, admission to see Charlie Chaplin’s film “The Gold Rush” in the Anderson Theater, and a chance to win a free family membership to The Henry Ford.
The Big Read Dearborn is a project of the Dearborn Public Library in partnership with many community organizations and sponsors. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
For more information about The Big Read Dearborn including a schedule of free events, partners and sponsors, go to www.bigreaddearborn.org.