WITSummer Books


100% funded by supporters like you

WITSummer Books is a celebration of our students’ growth as readers. WITS students earn a curated set of brand new, culturally diverse books, extending learning beyond the school year and creating pride through ownership. WITSummer Books increases access to books at schools by building classroom libraries for teachers who are selected as Rochelle Lee Teacher Awardees. 


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OUR VISION







Literacy matters

WITS creates opportunities for every student in Chicago to be literate.


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WHO WE ARE

WITS is a movement of educators, volunteers and investors coming together to support a better public education for every student.


WHAT WE DO

WITS programs help students develop a love of reading that guides them through the critical transition of learning-to-read to reading-to-learn.

WHy WE DO IT

Reading is one of the most commonly and intensively used skills among all types of jobs across the entire U.S. economy.

Third graders who are proficient in reading are four times more likely to graduate than those without proficient reading skills.


HOW WE DO IT

WITS is 100% privately funded, and program delivery is not reliant on school or city budgets.

WITS communities of teachers and volunteers model for students the life-enhancing benefits of literacy and a passion for learning.

OUR MISSION






Reading matters

WITS sets students on a trajectory for success by building critical literacy skills and developing positive self-identity through teacher led professional development and volunteer powered mentorship programs.


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