Many Wichita State students, faculty and staff are currently involved in community service initiatives. WU Crew is the internal volunteer arm for faculty and staff to be a part of. A priority effort of the WU Crew is to play an important role in closing the nation’s persistent achievement gap in reading. Wu Reads is a literacy initiative aimed to do just that. Shocker Nation - students, faculty, staff, alumni and campus partners - serving the Wichita community can be part of the Wu Crew. The Wu Crew and Gordon Parks Elementary initiated a pilot program Fall 2021, an elementary virtual reading program – Wu Reads!
Make a difference from your desk!
Wu Reads volunteers will read aloud fun children’s books and asks questions about the books to help students better understand the story. Volunteers are asked to commit 20 minutes, once a week for a semester, to read virtually with a student at Gordan Parks Elementary and/or Adams Elementary.
Literacy is the key for student success. Before 3rd grade, students learn to read. After 3rd grade, students read to learn. Students from economically disadvantaged homes are exposed to 30 million fewer words by the time students enter kindergarten. This is an effort to help USD 259 reach their long-term strategic goal to increase 3rd grade reading proficiency and aligns with Wichita State’s mission of being an educational driver for Kansas and the greater public good.
Gordan Parks - Fridays from 2:40-3pm (Fall 2022)
Register for Wu Crew
If you are a WSU student, faculty or staff member, or partner and would like to volunteer your time to the Wichita community, please complete the following form.
Please fill out the online contact form.