The auditorium at William Penn Elementary is a large space, with ceilings two stories high, and seating for hundreds. But scattered here and there, pairs of readers sit together, enjoying the close, personal experience of reading a book together. The WITS magic is happening!
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WITS hosts two after-school programs with Holden Elementary with BP America. Thirty eager students board the bus and take a field trip downtown every Tuesday to work with passionate and committed BP employees who volunteer as literacy mentors. At BP, students are introduced to a corporate atmosphere and the notion that they too can one day work in a building overlooking the city. Thirteen third and fourth graders work one on one in WITS Workplace Mentoring Program (WPM) and 17 fifth and sixth graders participate in Workplace Mentoring + STEM (WPM+STEM).
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Marlene, a fourth grade student from McClellan Elementary, and her mentor Heidi from Morgan Stanley interviewed each other for the Student & Mentor Spotlight this month.
Continue reading Student & Mentor Spotlight: February 2016
Since the 2013-2014 school year, WITS has partnered with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (DBR) for weekly WITS Workplace Mentoring sessions. Whereas the majority of WITS programs send volunteers into schools, the Workplace Mentoring program brings students to corporate offices in the loop to read and complete homework with volunteers, and get a glimpse of what it might be like to work at a financial institution, marketing agency or, in this case, a law firm. The program provides some students with their first experience riding an elevator or viewing the city from thirty seven floors up.
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Lonnell, a fifth grade student from Fairfield Academy, and his mentor Justin from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago interviewed each other for the Student & Mentor Spotlight this month.
Continue reading Student & Mentor Spotlight: January 2016
Check out the Chicago Tribune article featuring longtime WITS partner, McDermott Will & Emery volunteers and Brown Elementary School students.
How to create a community of readers: A look into the WITS culture at Jenner Elementary
Continue reading School Focus: Jenner Academy of the Arts