The Adjoin Fund Grants to Chicago Public Schools
“Have I Got a Book for You!” Lavizzo Elementary School. Two grants
“Guys Read Field Office.” Wendell Smith Elementary School. Two grants
“Real Men Read.” O’Keeffe School of Excellence. Two grants
“From Austin and Beyond: Handbook for Boys.” Edward Ellington Elementary School
“Bring the Right Books and They Will Read.” Andrew Jackson Language Academy
“Pirie Takes Pride in Reading.” Pirie Fine Arts and Academic Center
“Growing Minds, Growing the Library.” Haines Elementary School
“Making it All the Way Through.” Galileo Scholastic Academy
“Jason Reynolds Author Introduction.” Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
“Read and Rap.” Oscar DePriest Elementary School
Kindle Fire Book Club
Arthur Ashe Elementary School. Two years
Jane E. Neil Elementary School
African American Male Resource Center at Chicago State University and The Adjoin Fund Assemblies: Literacy Building Initiative with Teaching and Educating Men of Black Origin
Alex Haley Academy
Arthur Ashe Elementary School
Other Projects Funded by The Adjoin Fund
“Books Before Bullets,” a project of Leading With Literacy
“Young, Gifted, and Black Book Introduction” at the Illinois Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Books in the Barbershop – A joint venture between The Adjoin Fund and Chicago barbershop owners
Legendary Cuts Barber Shop
English Barber Shop
The Stage Barber and Beauty Salon
Universal Concepts Barber Shop
Mr. Bay’s Bookshelf
Wendell Smith Elementary School
The middle school literacy teacher at Wendell Smith Elementary School is starting a Guys Read field office; Guys Read is a program created by author Jon Scieszka.
The teacher’s aim: to motivate her boys to read by connecting them with materials they want to read, in ways they like to read.
Our grant will be to establish the office, purchase books, pay stipends to reading companions, and purchase snacks.
Mildred I. Lavizzo Elementary School
The librarian at Mildred I. Lavizzo Elementary School conducted a survey of boys in grades six through eight. She asked them what they would like to read. They gave her a long list of comic books, stories of action heroes, and art books to name of few.
She listed more than 80 books specifically selected by her students she would like to purchase, noting that children are more inclined to read when it is material they are interested in.
Our grant to the school will purchase the books.
O’Keeffe School of Excellence
The academic director at O’Keeffe School of Excellence wants to enlist the athletic coaches in helping their boys become better readers. Using the “Real Men Read” model, coaches will host twice-weekly meetings to read to and with boys in grades six through eight, and help with homework.
The director believes the coupling reading with mentoring and athletics will have a positive impact.
Our grant will institute the twice-weekly project, purchase needed supplies, and pay stipends to the coaches.