Beginning in 2015, KPMG has generously provided books to WITS students through the KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL). Managed in collaboration with First Book, KFFL provides new books to children from low-income families. KFFL has provided more than 2.9 million new books to low-income children in communities across the country since its inception in 2008.
The partnership between KFFL and WITS was a natural fit. “WITS’s mission aligns with KFFL’s mission to get books in the hands of at-risk children. WITS reaches so many children – thousands of students in 73 schools with WITS programming in 242 classrooms! What a great opportunity for KFFL to make an even larger impact! We want to join WITS in helping children build their ‘at-home’ libraries.”
KFFL was the sole provider of WITS Winter Books in 2016, and made a significant contribution towards WITSummer Books in 2017. Hannah Littman became involved with KFFL as an intern, and reflects, “Reading and learning was a big part of my childhood and it is the very reason I am at where I am today. I want children from all backgrounds to have that same opportunity and KFFL is a means that I can help with that initiative.”
Chicago Public Schools’ students need books. In these times of finite resources and space many of our school libraries are becoming auxiliary classrooms, recess zones or storage. Our teachers are seeing their stipends to buy books and resources for their classrooms diminish. WITS believes in the power of, and need for, books. With KPMG’s help, WITS fills these gaps by helping teachers and students build diverse libraries of new books at home and at school.