WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2012) – Everybody Wins! DC will host a celebration event to commemorate a successful year of its signature children’s mentoring and literacy Power Lunch program, which it operates in 11 low-income area schools. The program pairs professional adults (Reading Mentors) to read with students during the lunch hour. The event will be held at The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, who sponsors Power Lunch at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School. Nearly 100 Reading Mentors from congressional offices, corporations and other organizations will be in attendance including Drey Samuelson, chief of staff, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Jack Jackson, vice president of administration and human resources, C-SPAN.
Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) will host an end-of-year celebration event to commemorate a successful 2011-2012 year of its signature reading and mentoring Power Lunch program, and to salute supporters and volunteers who made it possible.
EW!DC operates the Power Lunch program in 11 low-income public elementary schools throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, including Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School in Northeast Washington, D.C. During weekly sessions over the school year, the Power Lunch program pairs adult mentors with students who are in need of extra reading support or who could benefit from one-on-one mentoring sessions during the students’ lunch hour.
Nearly 100 mentors from congressional offices, corporations and other organizations
Drey Samuelson, chief of staff, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.)
Jack Jackson, vice president of administration and human resources, C-SPAN
Celeste James, director, Community Health Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
Mary Salander, executive director, EW!DC
WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2012, Noon. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health
700 2nd Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Everybody Wins! DC’s Power Lunch program effectively impacts low-income students in reading comprehension, motivation, achievement, as well as overall academic performance, classroom behavior, self-confidence and social skills.
Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is the largest children’s literacy and mentoring non-profit in the Washington Metropolitan Area. In 1995, former Senators James Jeffords (I-VT) and Paul Simon (D-IL), with a bipartisan coalition of 130 Senators and staff, helped launch the EW!DC Power Lunch program at a Brent Elementary School on Capitol Hill.
Members of Congress and staff from 72 Congressional offices and Committees have committed their time and talents as volunteer Reading Mentors in the program. Some 1,000 other professionals from businesses and corporations, including Kaiser Permanente, government agencies and many other organizations also volunteer their time each week to bring the joy of reading to underserved students in 11 low-income public elementary schools throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.
This was the inaugural school year of the Power Lunch program at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary, was made possible with financial and volunteer support from Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, who championed the program as the Lead Mentor Corporate Sponsor. Power Lunch at Ludlow-Taylor served 65 low-income students during the 2011-2012 school year and 10 Kaiser Permanente employees participated as Reading Mentors.
Senator Tim Johnson’s (D-S.D.) Chief of Staff, Drey Samuelson and C-SPAN’s Jack Jackson, have both volunteered as a Reading Mentor in the Power Lunch program since its inception in 1995. Each will share their thoughts about the program at the event.
“I participate as a Power Lunch mentor year after year because the program truly does work,” explained Samuelson. “I have seen students’ reading levels improve, and as a result they not only gain [reading] confidence, but simply enjoy reading more.”
One of the problems today facing our country is functional illiteracy, especially in Washington, DC. In the 2011 “Nations Report Card” only 19% of 4th graders and 16% of 8th graders were found to be proficient or better in reading in Washington, DC according to The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
About Everybody Wins! DC
This school year, EW!DC served more than 4,000 students in 38 low-income public elementary schools throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. One of three literacy and mentoring programs run by EW!DC, the Power Lunch program benefits children academically and socially by bringing a diverse selection of children's literature into the schools and pairing students with caring professional adults.
More than 1,000 professional adults volunteer an hour of their time each week in the Power Lunch program to mentor and read, one-on-one, with an underserved student.
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