Here in DC, only 23% of 4th graders and 17% of 8th graders read at the proficient level or above – and they are at risk of failing academically and socially. Annually serving more than 5,000 children in 36 low-income elementary schools in the District, EW!DC's Power Lunch Program pairs kids with adult reading mentors (from Capitol Hill, government agencies, and businesses) who introduce them to literature, serve as caring role models, and inspire in them a love of reading. Many pairs stay together for years, and below-grade-level reading decreases annually from a dangerous 61% to an improved 34%. StoryTime introduces kids to authors and illustrators who help them see behind the pages and discover how stories come to life. EW!DC has served more than 55,000 students and distributed to them nearly 182,000 new books. Your generosity changes their lives.
Awards & Recognition
EW!DC Mentor a Finalist for D.C LEARN's Award (2009)
EW!DC Receives the Mayors Organizational Volunterism Award (2008)
Executive Director Mary Salander Receives the Mike Fox Literacy Award (2007)
Everybody Wins! DC a Finalist in the Giving Tree Charities, Inc WHITE HOT '07 Fundraising Event (2007)
Power Lunch Mentor Receives Bank of America Local Heroes Award (2006)
Senator Tom Harkin and Amii Young of Everybody Wins! DC Recipients of MENTOR Spotlight Award (2006)
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