WITSummer Books

WITS began in the classroom. Let's get back to the classroom.

Two years ago this spring, our students’ childhoods were disrupted. The pandemic forced social isolation and constant change upon them while the adults in their lives also worked through hardships. Today, schools are recalibrating support to prioritize students’ social-emotional health and help bridge gaps in unfinished learning. WITS has thirty years of service in Chicago Public Schools and we know that schools cannot face these challenges alone. As a community, we must respond. 

It is our mission to provide free literacy mentorship and teacher professional development to CPS schools. Though program delivery shifted over the past two years, our mission has never wavered. Now, WITS is returning to classrooms. 

WITS is returning to sitting side-by-side, flipping pages, and discussing how the book makes us feel and wonder. 

WITS is returning to the safe, collaborative spaces for teachers to address problems, share solutions, and build camaraderie. 

WITS is returning to show students and teachers that their community cares about their well-being as much as their success. 


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The WITSummer Books kick-off event

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WITSummer Books kick-off event

Join WITS Associates Board for our WITSummer Books kick-off event at Parson's Chicken & Fish in Lincoln Park. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from the event will be donated to WITS.

Where: Parson's Chicken & Fish Lincoln Park - 2435 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Date: Wednesday, April 27th

Time: 5 - 8pm

All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination at the door.

Register here:

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Win Cubs Tickets!

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Enter to win four tickets to the May 22nd Chicago Cubs game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:20 p.m. These are amazing seats located behind the visitors dugout in Section 25, Row 9, Seats 9 -12. Raffle winners will be pulled on April 27, 2022 and will be contacted by WITS Staff.

Donated by: Phil and Carole Hildebrandt

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$30 sends one student home with a set of brand-new, culturally diverse books.

$100 provides one Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Study Group professional textbooks to support their continuing education.

$250 provides brand-new books to an entire classroom.

$500 provides training for volunteer literacy mentors to meet students’ social and emotional needs.

$1,000 supports WITS’ return to the classroom to provide free literacy mentorship to CPS students.