With our Spring programs wrapping up we made time to visit our Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club and participate in International Games Day at the Dank Haus in Lincoln Square. We'll complete our last program next week at Hamline Elementary and we are excited to focus our efforts towards getting ready for Summer programs at 21 Chicago Public Library Branches as part of their 2018 Summer Learning Challenge, and Fall programs with Communities in Schools at CPS locations around Chicago! Make sure you stay connected with us via social media and by signing up to our newsletter for more updates on a daily and monthly basis! Below are some photos from the last few months. You can help us anytime by donating HERE or by contacting us to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
Thank you Cameron Elementary for sharing a new way to play GIANT Word Winder. Keep up the great work! We love hearing how children make up their own games!
We are happy to share with you that 13 game donations from our "Request for Game Donations" list have officially been fulfilled.
Eight GIANT Word Winder, 3 GIANT Early Learner, and 2 GIANT Math Winder games are headed to classrooms and libraries in 8 U.S. States and Canada: Alabama, California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Victoria B.C., Canada. Thank you to everyone who has supported our GIANT Games fund.
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Hello! My name is Winifred and I am a new addition to the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation team. I am a senior year at the University of Illinois at Chicago, pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Public Health with a minor in Business.
Prior to joining the David L. Hoyt Foundation as the administrative intern, I worked as a Research Assistant at UIC's Pediatric Department educating parents and families on the importance of early education to promote later school learning outcomes for their children.
This opportunity allows me enhance my love for communication and education--and I am excited to get started.
What drew you to the David L. Hoyt Foundation?
I have a passion for breaking out of the normal mode of education and creating new modes by which people can be taught. Education is a power tool not only to improve the lives of people, but communities as well. Particularly, the education of disadvantaged communities has the ability to enrich and stabilize that space. I am part of a host of social change programs and education through new forms of learning is a key component of creating that change. The David L. Hoyt Foundation is exactly that! Its mission is grounded in facilitating learning through interactive games, communication and teamwork. This is a wonderful aim and I am looking forward to being a part and helping advance this mission during my time here.
What is one “fun fact” about you?
I’m going to Med School in June!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Hands down— teleportation.
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?
Dorothy L. Brown. She is a phenomenal historical figure who had a lot of firsts in her time. Not only was she the first female, African-American, surgeon in her time but she also served in government and advocated for the type of parenting life that she wanted.
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In 2018 we will be partnering with Goodcity Chicago on a campaign called “Lets Learn Chicago, " stay tuned for more information.
We have been meeting with the Chicago Public Library and their partners to help develop activities and programming for the Summer Learning Challenge, 2018.
We have partnered with the Poetry Center of Chicago to bring Word Play Way to North Lawndale for the Summer of 2018.
Check back soon for other updates.
Join the us on Tuesday, Nov. 28 for our Giving Tuesday campaign, #ILGive! The 24-hour campaign is designed to engage Illinoisans in philanthropy by giving back to the communities they live in.
The David L. Hoyt Foundation works closely with the Chicago Public Library and other community partners and organizations to bring play-based and collaborative learning to students of all ages with the GIANT Word Winder and the GIANT Math Winder. But we need your help to continue our work!
Last year, we were able to raise more than $7,000 through #ILGive, which we used to bring games and programming to more than 20 Chicago Public Libraries in the summer of 2017. We were also able to set a Guinness World Record for the “Largest Playable Word Winder Board,” in partnership with the Chicago Public Library.
We currently provide programming twice each week to three library branches in diverse Chicago communities, and recently completed our latest project, Word Play Way, is a 5,000-letter word grid installation that runs along Welles Park on Lincoln Avenue between Sunnyside and Montrose Avenues.
Our fundraising goal for this year is $10,000. Donations officially opened Nov. 14 for those who are unable to give on Nov. 28, however, we encourage supporters to participate in the national movement by donating on Giving Tuesday. The event begins at 12:00 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating #ILGive. Thank you in advance for your support!