Many Wichita State students, faculty and staff are currently involved in community service initiatives. Volunteers can 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 are excited to pilot an elementary Reading Program – Wu Reads!

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Make a difference from  your desk!

Help us to reach our goal of 50 volunteers by the end of August. 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 on Wednesday mornings from 9:45-10:05am for a semester, to read virtually with a student at Gordan Parks.

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 to being an educational driver for Kansas and the greater public good.

Register for Wu Crew  

If you are a WSU student, faculty or staff member and would like to volunteer your time to the Wichita community, please complete the following form.

Will you help us reach our goal of 50 Wichita State faculty and staff volunteers to read to the next generation? Yes? Please fill out the online contact form.