WITS in the News – WBBM: Newsmakers Making A Difference with Lisa Fielding

WITS students at Drake Elementary read with Program Coordinator, Nick Colbert, and WITS CEO, Brenda Langstraat.
WITS students at Drake Elementary read with Program Coordinator, Nick Colbert, and WITS CEO, Brenda Langstraat.

WBBM Newsradio shared a story about how WITS is making a difference in the community. The piece highlights WITS’partnership with Drake Elementary and the work of WITS Board Member, Principal Sydney Golliday.

Thank you to Lisa Fielding and WBBM Newsradio for featuring the great work of WITS students, the true difference makers in our city! Read the article and listen to an interview with Brenda Langstraat, WITS CEO, here.

“Reading cultivates intellectual curiosity”

By: Eric Coleman, Communications Manager

“All of the students I’ve worked with, over the time of WITS, have gotten better and better at reading and more and more confident.”
– Nassar Omar, Workplace Mentoring Volunteer with Cook Elementary School

Volunteers from GCM Grosvenor describe their experience in the Workplace Mentoring program and why they are supporting WITSummer Books.

WITSummer Books support students’ passion for reading by building at-home libraries. Your gift sends each WITS student home with a set of brand-new books to continue developing their literacy skills over the summer. Learn more and donate.

WITS in the News – Univision Chicago

Anualmente, los programas de WITS ofrecen apoyo de lectura y libros a miles de estudiantes en Chicago Public Schools, incluyendo más de 100 estudiantes de Talcott Fine Arts And Museum Academy. ¡Gracias a Univision Chicago por cubrir nuestro trabajo y a Dr. Bahena por ser una campeona para los estudiantes de Talcott y WITS! Mira más aquí.

“There is no happier student than a student with a book in their hands.”

By: Eric Coleman, Communications Manager


Alyse Mauro Mason, IP Litigation Paralegal at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Mid-Day Mentoring volunteer at Brown Elementary School describes her experience as a WITS volunteer and why she is supporting the WITSummer Books campaign.

WITSummer Books develop student literacy through encouraging summer reading and providing each WITS student with a set of engaging books. Your gift builds pride through book ownership and celebrates the positive relationships between students and mentors. Please consider giving generously today.

WITS Talks: Saying Goodbye: Creating Healthy Transitions with Michele Lansing, MA, MS Ed., LCSW

By Ellen Werner, Program Director

When it comes time to saying goodbye, we can often be at a loss for words. Creating a healthy and supportive transition can feel difficult, but with the right information and time for reflection, we can feel more comfortable navigating these key moments. In her WITS Talk, “Saying Goodbye: Creating Successful Transitions,” Michele Lansing, MA, MS Ed., LCSW examines the complex factors that contribute to an individual’s reactions to endings.

The full video of the WITS Talk above. Read on for an interview with Michele and additional resources for saying goodbye to students.

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