Looking back on 2019, looking forward to 2020
Lauren Doerries and Kelly Minta,
This year the Chapter selected Sit Stay Read for our Community Service efforts. The mission of Sit Stay Read is to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers.
They provide year-round programming for students in kindergarten through third grade in select Chicago Public Schools where, on average, 88% of students come from low-income households and 70% of students score below the national average in reading.
In addition to giving students a fun, positive association with reading and writing, Certified Reading Assistance dogs also help students feel more comfortable, less stressed, and better able to focus on their work. During 2018, 88 dogs visited 86 classrooms in 17 CPS schools and spent 718 hours inspiring thousands of young readers. They’re not only great listeners – the dogs also develop a bond with students, often being featured in stories or book dedications written by the students.
All of this is accomplished at no cost to the schools or parents. Due to the generosity of donors like ARMA Chicago, last school year 2,694 students in public schools and community centers received critical literacy support from Sit Stay Read volunteers and unlimited love from the canines!
Inside the Boardroom
New 2020/2021 Board Members
The chapter is already off to a great start
Programming and Education
Thanks to the Education Committee for a variety of on-point RIM-related programs for the Chicago chapter.
Upcoming (see armachicago.org calendar for details and to register)
January 14, 2020: Hiring, Discipline and Firing without Headaches Jason Tremblay, Esq.
September, 2019: Protecting the Castle: Where Legal Operation, Security and Records Intersect Doug Kaminski, Cobra Solutions LLC
October, 2019: Project Management for Real Life Dana Moore, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
November, 2019: United States Culture of Privacy. Laurie Fischer, HBR Consulting
December, 2019: Transforming RIM SILOS into Enterprise IG Rich Medina, Doculabs
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