Here in Washington, DC, only 23% of 4th graders and 17% of 8th graders read at the proficient level or above. These are children at risk for failing – academically and socially. Everybody Wins! DC operates literacy and mentoring programs in 36 low-income public elementary schools throughout the Washington region, serving more than 5,000 students a year. Through its Power Lunch program it pairs them with adult Reading Mentors from Capitol Hill, government agencies, and businesses. Mentors expose children to literature, inspire them to read, and serve as caring role models. Many partners stay together for years, and below-grade-level reading decreases annually from 61% to 34%. Readers Are Leaders matches older elementary school students, grades 4-5, with younger students, grades K-3, to read aloud together, while StoryTime brings together authors, musicians, and storytellers to create performances based on children's books. In its nearly two decades, EW!DC has served more than 55,000 students and distributed nearly 182,000 brand new books to create in-home libraries. Your generosity changes the lives of thousands of children.