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ORGANIZATION: Working In The Schools (WITS)

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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.

WITS Mid-Day Mentoring is a one-on-one reading and mentoring program that takes place once a week at a Chicago Public School. Volunteer mentors spend 45 minutes once a week building a relationship and reading with the same student for an entire school year.

The WITS Mid-Day Mentoring program at McClellan Elementary runs from 12:30-1:15 each Wednesday through the end of May. For more information, please read the flyer below and email Kristen at kristens@witschicago.org


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About Working In The Schools (WITS)


641 W. Lake St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60661, US

Mission Statement

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


In 1991, Joanne Alter and Marion Stone befriended a teacher at Byrd Academy who expressed her students' need for 1:1 reading time with caring adults to help get them up to grade level reading. As students were transformed into empowered readers, Joanne and Marion were inspired to found Working in the Schools (WITS), with the vision of activating volunteers as literacy mentors for students throughout Chicago.

Simultaneously, just a few blocks north at Oscar Mayer Elementary, librarian Rochelle Lee was inspiring generations of students and parents through her love of reading. In honor of her impact, the Rochelle Lee Teacher Award (RLTA) was created to provide teachers with the training and resources needed to inspire a love of reading in students.

In 2015, these programs merged under the WITS umbrella to create a holistic approach to literacy support in classrooms and schools.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


Wed Feb 01, 2023 - Tue May 02, 2023
12:30 PM - 01:15 PM


McClellan Elementary School3527 S WallaceChicago, IL 60609



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 45 minutes every week

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