Get #Fired Up For Literacy

This Spring, Reading In Motion is launching a nation-wide effort to raise $100,000 to support our program in 8 schools/18 Kindergarten classrooms across Chicago. $100,000 provides this program for free at Lawndale Elementary (Lawndale), Tilton Elementary (Garfield Park), Lowell Elementary (Humboldt Park), Nicholson STEM Academy (Englewood), Manierre Elementary (Old Town/Cabrini Green), Funston Elementary (Logan Square), Gray Elementary (Portage Park) and Davis Elementary (Brighton Park). Approximately 90 percent of the students in schools that Reading In Motion serves receive free or reduced lunch.

Our Get #FiredUpForLiteracy challenge brings together Chicago performers and artists from around the country to show how reading is an important part of their lives. They share what they’re reading on social media and challenge their friends, family and fans to upload a video by asking, “What are you reading?”

The challenge runs form April 18, 2016 to June 17, 2016. The performers and artists who have already agreed to the challenge include David Eigenberg, Kara Kilmer, Miranda Rae Mayo, Kurt Ehrmann, Chaon Cross and Robyn Coffin of “Chicago Fire”, Antione McKay and Sara Sevigny of “Empire”, Donald Faison of “Scrubs”, Tim Kazurinsky of “Police Academy”, Tony Award winner, Jessie Meuller, starring in the Broadway musical “Waitress” and the touring cast of “Jersey Boys”.

The television and Broadway actors joining a respected group of Chicago actors, musicians and teachers including Steppenwolf ensemble members, James Vincent Meredith and Francis Guinan in sharing short videos highlighting the importance of reading in their own lives and careers as well as sharing what they are reading:

Mick Archer                       “Instructor, Old Town School”

Nikki Bloomsmith              “Ensemble, Strawdog Theatre”

E. Faye Butler                   “Now: Ghost, The Musical, Main State Music Theatre”

Will Clinger                        “Now: Wild Travels on WTTW”

CaCee Cobb                      “MTV, Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica”

Michelle Courvais             “Associate Artist, Chicago Dramatists”

Gianine DeFrancesco      “Rabbit Hole, Aston Rep”

Augie DeLarosa                 “House DJ, Chicago”

Laurie Empen                    “Ms. Laurie’s Play Group (early child education)”

Mitchell Fain                      “The Midnight Circus: Chicago’s Circus”

Felicia P. Fields                 “Tony Nominated, The Color Purple”

John Francisco                  “Mister John’s Music (early child education)”

Robbie Fulks                      “Now: Album Release: Upland Stories “

Suzanne Gillen                  “Secret Garden, Court Theatre”

Marya Grandy                    “Juno (title role), Timeline Theatre”

Lawrence Grimm               “Founding Ensemble, A Red Orchid Theatre”

Hillary Gokenbach            “Chicago Theatre and Improv Actor”

Sarah Hayes                       “Now: The House of Blue Leaves, Raven Theatre”

Lynne Jordan                     “Singer, Lynne Jordan & The Shivers”

Dylan Jost                          “Chicago, Actor (TV and Film), Writer, Producer”

Andy Lawfer                       “Ensemble, Strawdog Theatre”

Ross Lehman                      “Now: One Man Two Guvnors, Court Theatre”

Sean Patrick Leonard       “Actor, Machine Gun Preacher (film)”

Rob Lindley                        “Funny Man, Northlight Theatre”

Donica Lynn                       “Now: Dreamgirls, Porchlight Music Theatre”

Corbette Pasko                  “Chicago Playwright & Ensemble, Factory Theatre”

Doug Peck                         “Music Director, Now: Dreamgirls, Porchlight Music Theatre”

Jennifer Pompa                 “Actor, Now: Eden Court (film)”

Mercedes Rohlfs               “Chicago, Theatre Artist, Teacher and Administrator”

Jon Sevigny                       “Chicago Actor/Producer”

Jay Steigmann                   “Improv Teacher, Writer, Performer, Second City”

Janna Walson                    “Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction, High School in Chicago”

Patrick Williams                 “Music Director, Jersey Boys traveling show: Under The Streetlamp”

Philip Winston                   “Ensemble, Signal Ensemble Theatre”

Funding from this challenge supports our “Jump Ahead” program which offer select Chicago Public Schools the chance to try Reading In Motion for free. Typically, our school partners pay 25% of the cost of the program to ensure accountable implementation. And Reading In Motion fundraises the rest. These schools were unable to commit their limited budget to try a new program this year so Reading In Motion let them try a year for free and is fundraising for 100% of the cost. 

If we reach our $100,000 goal for this campaign, we will come back with a stretch goal to support our program and traditional model in 31 additional schools across Chicago.

Join the challenge and follow our progress

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Posted on April 17, 2016 in Events

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