Homecoming 2012

Awareness Information

"Story Time with Willie"

Each year, the Homecoming Steering Committee selects a theme-related and/or timely issue to bring awareness to. To connect with the theme of Story Time with Willie, this year’s focus will be on literacy.

Here's What We Know:

  • Boys lag behind girls in reading proficiency in all 50 states - in some states by as many as 10 percentage points. (Center for Education Policy)
  • Students who don't read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely proficient readers to leave school without a diploma. The number rises when those kids also come from poverty. (The Annie E. Casey Foundation)
  • Every school day in America, 3,000 students drop out - the majority of them are poor readers. Students with below grade level reading skills are twice as likely to drop out of school as those who can read on or above grade level. (Adolescent Literacy: A National Reading Crisis)
  • Children learn an average of 4,000 to 12,000 new words each year as a result of book reading. (Scholastic: Classroom Libraries Work!)
  • Research has found a relation between the amount of time that children read for fun on their own and reading achievement. (Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts)

How can you help? There are two ways!

  1. Story Time with Willie

  2. Join HSC and Willie for story time for the kids of Whitewater! On Wednesday, October 10th and Thursday, October 11th, UW-­‐Whitewater will host Story Time with Willie. This free event is open to all children (and those that are children at heart) and includes story time, pictures with Willie the Warhawk and craft time to make bookmarks for themselves and other children in the community. Join us at 6pm in the Andersen Library. We’ll meet in the “nameless space” in the northeast corner of the main floor.

  3. Create Bookmarks for Yourself and Others

  4. On Friday, October 12th between 1pm and 5pm, join us outside the ballroom to create bookmarks that encourage children to read! Art supplies will be provided, and you can make one for yourself, too! Bookmarks will be donated to children of the Whitewater Unified School District. Participation in this event is free, and will count towards spirit points for your organization!

Questions concerning the Awarness Campaign should be directed to Brittney, the Awareness Coordinator, by emailing her at homecoming@uww.edu or by leaving a message at Career & Leadership Development at 262-472-1471.