By Eric Coleman, Development & Communications Manager
Chicago Public School students recently resumed classes and soon WITS programs will begin. In the above video, Carl Tannenbaum, WITS Board Member and Chief Economist at The Northern Trust, shares a forecast of WITS’ anticipated impact in the 2018-19 school year.
In an interview with Chicago Now, Brenda Langstraat, WITS CEO, discusses the power of literacy to build communities and promote equity. Thank you Chicago Now and Gordon Dymowski for your support of WITS.
WITS CEO, Brenda Langstraat joined Andrea Darlas and WGN Radio to talk about the importance of student literacy and its effect as a builder of community. Listen here to learn about the impact of the WITS Early Childhood Summer Program, our plans for the upcoming school year, and more. Thank you to Andrea and WGN Radio for your support of WITS.
Crain’s Chicago highlighted the WITSummer Books campaign for effectively using social media to drive individual giving. Read the article here. Thank you to Crain’s Chicago Business and Lisa Bertagnoli for promoting the work of WITS! The enthusiasm of WITSummer Books supporters led to WITS exceeding fundraising goals and increasing donor engagement. This allowed us to put books in the hands of thousands of WITS students and continue to support literacy in Chicago Public Schools.
The WITS Early Childhood Summer Program is a five-week intensive program designed to develop pre-reading skills, build enthusiasm, and prepare students from seven Chicago Public Schools to enter kindergarten ready to learn. Watch the video here. Thank you to NBC Chicago and Sabrina Santucci for sharing how the WITS Early Childhood Summer Program is Making a Difference among students at McAuliffe Elementary School.
“[The] words that I didnt understand, my partner would help me out, pronunce it, and make me understand the definition. At the same time I was enjoying it because we would laugh and have a good time.”
Orquidia Delgado, a WITS student from Talcott Fine Arts And Museum Academy, joined Lourdes Duarte and Brenda Langstraat on Adelante Chicago to discuss her experience in the Workplace Mentoring program at Morgan Stanley. WITS connects volunteers from 70 corporate partners to provide literacy mentorship to thousands of Chicago Public Schools students, like Orquidia, each year. Thank you WGN TV and Lourdes for your support of WITS!
This summer, WITS is hosting the Early Childhood Summer Program at seven CPS elementary schools. This five-week intensive program develops students’ enthusiasm for reading and ensures that nearly 100 students enter kindergarten ready to learn. Thank you to Derrick C. Young and CBS Chicago for your support of WITS!
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.
WITS CEO, Brenda Langstraat, talked with Jon Hansen on WGN Radio about the impact and importance of corporate volunteerism. Brenda touched on the return on investments for corporations in early literacy and the impact that WITS’ 70 corporate partners have in Chicago Public Schools. Listen here to the full interview.