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.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: POWER LUNCH SCHOOLS; Amidon Elementary School; Brent Museum Magnet School; Francis-Stevens Education Campus; Garrison Elementary School; Key School; Ludlow-Taylor Elementary; Marie Reed Community Learning Center; Ross Elementary School; Savoy Elementary; Thomson Elementary School; Tyler Elementary School; STORYTIME SCHOOLS; Bancroft Elementary; Barnard Elementary; Burrville Elementary; C.W. Harris Elementary; Cleveland Elementary; H.D. Cooke Elementary; Hendley Elementary; Houston Elementary; J.O. Wilson Elementary; Kimball Elementary; King Elementary; Langley Elementary; Ludlow Taylor Elementary; Malcolm X Elementary; Maury Elementary; Miner Elementary; Nalle Elementary; Orr Elementary; Payne Elementary; Powell Elementary; Randle Highlands Elementary; Raymond Education Campus; River Terrace Elementary; Seaton Elementary; Smothers Elementary; Tubman Elementary; Wheatley Education Campus; Whittier Education Campus

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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