Richard Kaplan, founder and president of Syndicated Equities in Chicago, Illinois, is a supporter of various charities, most involving education. One of the charitable organizations with which Richard Kaplan is involved is Working in the Schools (WITS), a Chicago non-profit that focuses on providing literacy mentors for students.
WITS, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has achieved many of its goals over the course of its operation. The program has made a positive impact within the Chicago community by turning students who struggle with reading into lifelong readers.
Among the programs WITS offers is WITS Kindergarten, which trains volunteers to give one-on-one literacy tutoring to kindergarten students. WITS Kindergarten works with 12 partner schools and assists 300 kindergarten students by providing each student with a volunteer to teach them their letters and sounds and to act as the student’s “reading role model.” After undergoing WITS training, volunteers meet with students on a weekly basis to help improve literacy in kindergarten classrooms.