Julie Wheat & Lincoln Readers' Room

This year at RAWK has been an EXCITING experience, with ups and downs, twists and turns, we wouldn't have made it here without the support of the Kalamazoo community and our passionate volunteers. Not only are volunteers diligently working behind the scenes and at the forefront of RAWK's programs but they are living outside the realm of RAWK as well. Take a peek at all of the cool things our community members are involved in!

Learning about RAWK and finding a perfect volunteer fit for me personally after becoming an empty nester has been the highlight of my year.
— Julie Wheat
  Julie has lived in Kalamazoo for 25 years after moving back to Michigan from the west coast. Her husband Tom is a Civil Engineer and they have two kids who are super fortunate Kalamazoo Promise recipients. Their daughter is in the Nursing program at Western Michigan University and their son just finished his freshman year at the University of Michigan . Julie has  been in marketing her entire career, spending nearly 18 years at Biggs Gilmore, an awesome advertising agency downtown Kalamazoo which is now VML, and for the past three years she has been freelancing in our great community. She loves to walk her dogs, spend time outdoors in our beautiful state and she loves to read!

Julie has lived in Kalamazoo for 25 years after moving back to Michigan from the west coast. Her husband Tom is a Civil Engineer and they have two kids who are super fortunate Kalamazoo Promise recipients. Their daughter is in the Nursing program at Western Michigan University and their son just finished his freshman year at the University of Michigan . Julie has  been in marketing her entire career, spending nearly 18 years at Biggs Gilmore, an awesome advertising agency downtown Kalamazoo which is now VML, and for the past three years she has been freelancing in our great community. She loves to walk her dogs, spend time outdoors in our beautiful state and she loves to read!

I primarily work at the RAWK Readers Room at Lincoln Elementary and I look forward to it every week. The kids are amazing and I love listening to them talk and telling me stories that we eventually weave into their own piece of writing. I have participated in a few of the RAWK field trips as well, and I can only say it is an incredible two hours. Everyone should witness the creative stories that a group of kids can collaboratively write in two hours.