May 2016 Recap

WITS Kindergarten students from Melody STEM School celebrate the end of program year by receiving WITSummer Books.

By leveraging partnerships throughout the city, WITS provided many surprises and fun activities for our students this past month. Through the energy of our volunteers and the trust built by serving as mentors this school year, WITS was able to bring students out of their schools to explore libraries, gardens, and corporate offices. These celebrations culminate with each WITS student being given five brand new WITSummer Books to add to their at-home libraries. Read ahead to learn more about why we believe that summer reading is important, the partnerships that allow us to have programming, and what has been happening this past month at WITS!

Check out the photo gallery below!

After reading about plants, kindergarteners and Mentors got their hands dirty weeding the Kitchen Community Learning Garden at Otis Elementary School and planting vegetable seedlings. 
Students from Fairfield Elementary School and LEARN Hunter Perkins explored the Harold Washington Library with their mentors from DePaul University Ministry and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Students from Holden Elementary film public service announcements with their mentors in the Workplace Mentoring + STEM program at BP.
WITS on the Weekend Teams, with the support of the WITS Associates Board, untangle human knots during the end of year field day at Lozano Elementary.
Volunteers and teachers came to the Literacenter to discuss ways in which they give back to their community at the WITS On the Table event.