Category Archives: News

WITS in the News: WGN Radio with Andrea Darlas

Andrea Darlas (left) with WITS CEO, Brenda Langstraat (right), in the WGN Radio studio.

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.

WITS in the News: Crain’s Chicago – #Giving: Fundraisers Tap Social Media

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.

WITS in the News: NBC Chicago – Making a Difference with Sabrina Santucci

Principal Belville, of McAuliffe Elementary School, sits with students and volunteers during the Early Childhood Summer Program.
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.

WITS in the News – Adelante Chicago on WGN TV

“[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!