Will County Reading Council

October Newsletter 2018

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President's Message

Greetings WCRC Members and Friends!

WOW-what a fantastic start to the school year and a busy one at that! Sitting in the doctor’s office recently, I came upon a health journal with an issue devoted to mental health. I began thinking about how hard teachers work to meet the needs of our students and school communities and the amount of stress we contend with. As midterms and parent teacher conferences are just around the corner, this might be a good time to “check-in” with our own mental health needs. Teachers jump into the school year with both feet and we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Being mindful of our needs, taking walks, deep breaths and spending time with our family and friends is not only important for our our souls, it’s important for our students as well. My personal favorite “strategy” when I am stressed is to find a quiet place (bathrooms always work), close my eyes, take three deep breaths, slowly breathing in and out with each breath. Then (this is cool) I take three quick scoops of air through my mouth and gently release. Oxygen moves through my body, instantly relaxing me. Give it a try or share your tool with us! Have a great second quarter everyone!

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Illinois Reading Council Fall Conference Review

The IRC Conference was amazing! We heard from great authors and researchers. We were able to network with many professionals and share successes in the classroom. We heard amazing inspirational stories and cried at the emotional touching ones. One of the most exciting parts of the conference was when one of our own, Mr. Boomer Crotty, received the IRC Service Award.
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Fall Author Event with Samira Ahmed on September 18, 2018

WCRC hosted Ms.Ahmed at Lewis University. She is a New York bestselling author and lives in Chicago, Illinois. Samira discussed what it is like to be Indian and live in America. She was excited to talk about how important teachers are to help bridge the racial divides in classrooms. She encouraged all the teachers and librarians to have literature available for all students and from diverse backgrounds and social classes. The University used Facebook Live as a platform to reach viewers all over the world. It was a very successful event!
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Meet A Board Member - Tammy Springer, WCRC President Elect

Tammy Springer has been teaching for 26 years. She earned her BS degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the areas of Special Education and Elementary Education. Tammy has earned two MS degrees. One was in Educational Administration from GSU and the other in Reading from ONU. Tammy has taught grades Preschool through High School. Currently, she teaches for Kankakee Area Special Education Cooperative located in St. Anne, IL. Tamara began her involvement in the Illinois Reading Council when she was a junior in college. She has been an involved member for two decades. Tamara has worked hard to support literacy education in the Kankakee County community through her work with Two Rivers Reading Council. She has written over 10 IRC grants to put books in the hands of students of the Kankakee county area. Also, she held the office of IRC Region 5 Director for 4 years. Tammy has presented at various IRC conferences and local TRRC and WCRC meetings. Tammy currently holds the position of Vice-President elect of WCRC. As a lover of literacy, she promotes reading to anyone and everyone who will listen. Tammy’s four daughters are constantly inundated with author stories, new books, and helping their mother with her goals in reading education.

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Book It! Celebrating Teachers

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 5:30pm

2621 Plainfield Road

Joliet, IL

WCRC will share Illinois Reads Book talks and provide resources.

Prizes and books will be given away!

The event begins at 5:30 pm with a social time.

Book talks will begin at 6:00 pm and go to 7:00 pm.

One PD hour will be available.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Mark Your Calendar! Santa Reads at the Joliet Library - Black Road Branch

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 6:30pm

3395 Black Road

Joliet, IL

Tuesday will run 6:30-8:00 pm and Wednesday, Dec. 12 it will run 10:00-11:30 am

All children will get to enjoy activities provided by the library and meet Santa! Santa will give each child a free book. This event has been a long partnership with WCRC and the Joliet Library to help the greater Will County community.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.