On the anniversary of our GUINNESS WORLD RECORD setting event with the Chicago Public Library, we wanted to post a special shout out to CPL and a little story of how and why we are here today doing what we do.
Summer is a special time for the DLHEF and for David himself. He spends a whole month traveling the city visiting over 20 libraries playing with kids and teaching them how to be better team players.
Our programming reinforces important literacy and math skills and David loves to cheer kids on and help them feel their potential. But the real goal behind our programs is to teach social-emotional skills like teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking to kids of all ages.
David really believes in collaboration; its a part of who he is at his core. He loves to team up with people and he realizes that teamwork really does make the dream work. Because of this, teamwork is at the core of what we teach during GIANT Word Winder and GIANT Math Winder programming. When teams work together to make a decision about their move, on the oversized floor game, it's usually the best move strategically and it most likely helps them towards their goal of winning the game. Our intent with this play-based education is that little by little children will learn that when they talk with each other about decisions they have at school or at home, they gain multiple perspectives, allowing them to have a broader view of the impact their decisions could make on themselves and others.
We hear from employers all around the city and the nation that the job market is flooded with young people who do not know how to work together or communicate well. Through our programs and with amazing partners like the Chicago Public Library we hope to teach soft skills like empathy and understanding for each other, ways to encourage others on how to see personal points of view so that everyone is understood, and the ability to work together toward common goals at work, home, and in the community.
Thank you to the Chicago Public Library and the especially the Children's Department for being one of our favorite teammates! Let's keep dreaming together!
For more information about programming,
please contact Claire@davidlhoytfoundation.org.