Walker Literacy Center 2019

Where a little kindness educates readers

Walker Literacy Center 501(c)(3)

The Walker Literacy Center is a nonprofit working to lift up the children of Detroit through the power of literacy. We offer free after school and summer literacy instruction to children ages 6-10 years old.

This summer we opened our doors to 18 great kids. All 18 kids grew as readers and writers. The average kid grew 2 reading levels! We are so proud of them.

Evidence of our Kids Growth

This 6 year old started the summer knowing 0 sight words and not knowing the difference between a letter and word. This video is her first read of a level B book. She ended the summer at a level C on grade level!

The video below is a 7 year old describing why she loves reading!

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Fall Session

Fall session starts on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. We will provide free instruction after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We are currently seeking volunteers to help us work with kids this fall. If you are interested please complete the volunteer application on our website. A criminal record check will be completed on all volunteers. We will email you a sign-up genius and you can sign up for the days you can volunteer. Times are 4:30-6:15pm.


Restaurants PLEASE donate

We are seeking local restaurants to donate meals for our Thursday family dinners. Every Thursday we would like to provide our students and their families dinner.

The purpose of these meals is to build connections and relationships with the families of our students. During these meals our staff will provide tips on how parents can support their learning at home.

Approximately 20 children and 20 adults.

We will pick up meal.

All restaurants will get a thank you on our Website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

This summer Supino Pizzeria donated pizza dinner! Thank you Supinos!

Take Home Literacy Kits

Every student gets to take home a literacy kit filled with the supplies they need to practice reading and writing. This summer kids took home pencils, journals, crayons and books at their reading level.

Please Attend our First Annual Fundraiser Duel on 5th: Keys for Literacy

Join us for a fun-filled evening of live entertainment on Thursday, October 17, 2019 as the Walker Literacy Center presents the first annual Duel on Fifth: Keys for Literacy fundraiser at 5th Avenue in Royal Oak. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and include dinner and entertainment.

The event kicks off at 6:30 pm with a buffet style dinner and cash bar available throughout the night. The piano showdown begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. Raffle tickets for gift baskets will be on sale from 6:30 to 8:30. The drawing will be held at 9:00 pm.

Sponsors Needed

We are looking for business sponsors for our upcoming fundraiser. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor please email us at walkerliteracycenter@gmail.com

See the chart below for more information:

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Ice Cream Man Visits the Center

On our last day of the summer session we had the local ice cream man visit the center. The kids were so excited. This was the first time some of them have ever purchased ice cream from an ice cream truck!
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