Join the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation for its dedication of Word Play Way, an outdoor word grid that will run through the Lincoln Square community, on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at the event, and face painting will be available for children. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Jumble author David L. Hoyt.
The grid will be comprised of nearly 5,000 letters, forming words that are child-friendly and tie back into the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Many of the words have also been translated into Spanish. For a full word list, click here.
Using semi-permanent spray paint and letter stencils designed by Bit Space, Word Play Way will provide community members with interactive learning opportunities as they walk along the sidewalk bordering Welles Park on Lincoln Avenue between Sunnyside Avenue and Montrose Avenue. The installation will last through April 2018.
For more questions about the event or if you would like to volunteer, contact Executive Director Claire Haasl at email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
On September 20, David and I went to the British International School to demonstrate and drop off a GIANT Math Winder (to learn how to play GIANT Math Winder click here). The presentation included staff members, and 1st and 4th graders. The students we engaged in playing GIANT Math Winder were excited play and challenge each other. Students recognized they needed to work together in order to succeed and the teams that worked together WON every time. Some of my favorite quotes from the day were “This is my favorite game!” which garnered quick reply from another student “ME too!” But, the best quote I heard was “We have to work together.” Doing game drop off and demonstrations is really fun for us, because we get to see how learning excites students of all ages. Apparently teamwork excited them, too!
Ashley Elsmo - Community Outreach Coordinator
For more photos from our drop off day, and other events, visit our Facebook page!
Hello! I’m Krista, the latest addition to the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation team. I recently began my senior year at Loyola University Chicago, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in international studies.
Prior to joining the David L. Hoyt Foundation as the marketing intern, I worked at an international social action platform, two New York City-based public relations agencies and the School of Communication Dean’s office.
I am eager to learn more about the operations and management of a growing nonprofit organization, and the best practices for success. I’m dedicated to making the world a better place through strategic communication and storytelling, and am excited to put what I’ve learned into practice at the David L. Hoyt Foundation.
What is your go-to karaoke song?
Hands down, “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
That’s easy — teleportation.
What drew you to the David L. Hoyt Foundation?
I have been passionate about social change for a long time now, and I think education is a critical component of creating change. I am completely aligned with the David L. Hoyt Foundation’s mission is to facilitate learning through interactive games and am looking forward to helping advance this mission during my time here.
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?
Aaron Sorkin. He does it all — screenwriting, playwriting, directing and producing — and I never cease to be amazed by his ability to write captivating stories. Plus “The Newsroom” and “The West Wing” are two of my all-time favorites.
What is one “fun fact” about you?
I’m a triplet! I have a brother and a sister who are both in school in Ohio.
On Sunday October 15, the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation is hosting a Charity Chili Cook Off with our friends at The Red Lion in Lincoln Square (4749 N. Rockwell St) . The Chili Cook Off will start at 2 pm and last until we run out of chili.
Tickets for attendees who wish to taste the chili will be $10 and sold at the door only! All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation.
If you wish to enter as a competitor please read the rules and fill out the form by clicking below.
Today was our intern Julia's last day with us before she heads back to school in Boston. Here is what she had to say about her time with us:
"This summer, I have been interning at the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation in the marketing and communications department. I have gained so much experience over the past three months in both of these areas of business as well as in the nonprofit sector as a whole. After completing my freshman year of college as a business student at Northeastern University, it was great to have the opportunity to implement what I learned in the classroom at an organization that is focused on a cause that I am passionate about and at home in Chicago. My responsibilities included posting events and updates on social media, helping with research for upcoming projects, and various other tasks to help with the development of the foundation.
My favorite part of the summer was assisting at our Guinness World Record event. It was great to see so many excited kids interacting with the game and everything come together after the preparations that we had been making since I began working for the foundation. I also enjoyed working at our GIANT Word Winder booth at the ALA Conference. It was the first time I went to such a large conference and I enjoyed promoting our our games and what our goals as a foundation are. Meeting so many people who are passionate about education and interested in what we are doing was a great experience and helped me discover that I want to pursue business in this sector.
Gaining this first hand experience in what it takes to manage a young nonprofit business was extremely inspiring. I have learned a great deal about how to market events, communicate with potential and current business partners, the necessary daily tasks that are necessary to run a successful nonprofit, and how many people are in my community who have similar interests to me. I have grown as both a business student and as a young woman interested in making a difference through education and am very thankful to have had such a great opportunity interning for the David L. Hoyt Foundation this summer. "
We will miss you Julia. Good luck at school.
Hi! I’m Noreyde and I volunteer at the David L. Hoyt Foundation at various libraries for their Summer Learning Challenge Program. I’m currently a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and I’m currently pursuing a Bachelor in Urban Education for Elementary students. Volunteering at this foundation has been one of the best decisions I have made. I love working with kids and being part of this program has given me that opportunity. From experience, working at several libraries and playing Giant Word Winder and Giant Math Winder has showed me how these games can really help kids develop certain skills. One of the main skills that it can help kids develop are team building skills, while these games can be played by a single child or in a group, it is a great way for kids to work in a group and work together. Playing in teams can help children gain skills that can be applied later on in their life. All the times I have visited the Chicago Public Libraries with David I have seen kids work wonderfully in groups and help each other out. Every time we show kids these games they’re amused with the type of games we’re demonstrating them. The large size of the games and colorful chips that come with it, make the experience more fun for the kids to interact with. One memorable experience was at Portage-Cragin Library Branch, where several kids had previously played the game in the past year. The moment they saw the games they began to get very excited and they couldn’t wait to play. Kids familiar with the game gladly taught other kids how to play the game and were happy to introduce this game they loved. We also played a silent game of Word Winder and Math Winder, which was a bit difficult at first but at the end the kids collaborated and successfully worked in teams to finish the game. Implementing these games in schools and libraries would be a fun and educational way to help kids learn math and spelling skills. This educational game helps kids work out their minds while also making them be active at the same time. I believe engaging children in these types of games can make a difference in their future lives.
A David L. Hoyt Education Foundation Initiative - Sponsored by Goodcity and The Chicago Community Trust
In Partnership with the 47th Ward Alderman’s Office, ArtReach at Lillstreet,
Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and North Center Chamber of Commerce
What is Word Play Way? We are going to create a massive word grid that families and neighbors will be able to engage with as they walk the length of the sidewalk. Letters will form words that are fun and appropriate for kids and tie back into the neighborhood. An artist will design a font, community members can help create stencils, and help install the word grid.
On Sunday, July 16th the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation along with the Chicago Public Library, set the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Playable Word Winder Board. "
We would like to thank Liz McChesney, the Director of Children's Services at CPL, and Brian Bannon, the Commissioner & CEO of the CPL, for making this event possible. We also give special thanks to Chicago's First Lady, Amy Rule, for attending the event and helping our Super Explorers set the World Record. A special thanks also to Make-a-Wish Illinois' newest kid superhero Super Black for attending the event as well as our guest judges Maya and Riya Joshi , citywide Spelling champions.
We also want to thank all of the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation's volunteers along with all of the wonderful volunteers and librarians from the Chicago Public Library, including our wonderful puppeteer Marilyn Price, our talented musician Rick Kelley, and our superhero cartoonists Jeff Knurek & Bill King for lending us their drawing superpowers for the day. We also especially want to give thanks to our two independent witnesses, Clifford Kroeter and Kevin M. Casey, and our expert surveyor Jerme Bentley for helping record our Guinness World Records record setting attempt.
We want to additionally give a SUPER special thanks to our very own superhero librarian John Mangahas for making this event a huge success and to our partners Sparkling Ice for their generous donation which allowed us to purchase the 20 games necessary to set the record, as well as their delicious water for our superheroes to replenish their powers.
Big thank you to all and enjoy!~
Super Black, Make-A-Wish Illinois’ newest wish kid superhero, will be joining us at the Chicago Public Library this Sunday as we attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Playable Word Winder Board. If you know any other superheroes send them our way. We need all the help we can to defeat Dr. Brain Drain!!!
We're a little over a week away from our "Super Explorers Set the World Record: Largest Playable Word Winder Board" on Sunday, July 16th at the Harold Washington Library's Winter Garden ( located on the 9th floor). The event will start at 1pm , with the record setting attempt beginning at 1:30. There will be craft stations and music for patrons to engage with when the GIANT [GIANT] Word Winder is not being played.
In order to set the record we are arranging 20 sets of the GIANT Word Winder game in order to create one GIANT [Giant] Word Winder Board and play Word Winder Sprint! We will play several rounds until we narrow down our winner! The GIANT Word Winders which will be used during this event (and afterwards find home in various CPL branches) were purchased through the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation due to an extremely generous $9,500 donation from the Talking Rain Beverage Co. (the makers of Sparkling Ice). With their kind donation we are one step closer to our goal of securing a GIANT Word Winder for every CPL branch.
We hope to see you there!