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WITS Newsletter - March 2017
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"It is my great privilege to volunteer in her classroom.” 
-Lynne McMahon, WITS Classroom Reading Tutor


Students at third grade reading proficiency are four times more likely to graduate high school than students who lag behind this critical academic benchmark. Advance Illinois reports that only one-in-five fourth grade students from low income backgrounds read at grade level proficiency. WITS takes a holistic approach to student literacy advancement through activation of volunteers as literacy mentors, professional development for teachers, and giving students access to libraries in the classroom and books in their homes. Click here to read about how a Rochelle Lee Teacher Awardee and WITS Classroom Reading Tutor collaborate at Manierre Elementary to share the love of reading with a class of second grade students. 
 
Attend an upcoming WITS Lunch & Learn session at the Literacenter! Space is limited. RSVP or click above for more info.

 
Segall Bryant & Hamill and Madison Capital partner with WITS through the Workplace Mentoring program. Learn how they collaborate to maximize their support for McAuliffe Elementary students here

 
What We're Reading: 
The State We're In 2016-2017: A Report on Public Education in Illinois by Advance Illinois spotlights the importance of fourth grade reading proficiency.  
Thank you to our February Donors. Become a WITS donor today!
Alexander Randall, Amazon Smile, Anonymous Foundation x2, Arvind Gadhiya, Austin Smit, BP of America, Daniel Hyslop, Debra Dexheimer, Exelon, Expedia, Heather Dubinskas, Jeremy Netzel, Kevin Morrissey, Katherine Sopranos (Happy Birthday!), Kevin Yao, Lauren Rocklin, Matthew A'Hearn, Michael Kirsh, Michael Wasserman, Michelle Rognlie, Morgan Stanley Foundation, Scott Lehman, Stephen O'Neil, The Oppenheimer Family Foundation, and Timothy Sullivan. 

 

Working in the Schools (WITS) provides holistic literacy support for students in Chicago public schools through creating positive and collaborative communities of teachers, volunteers, principals, and investors.
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