On Monday, May 7, Ross Elementary School student participants in Everybody Wins! DC’s (EW!DC) Power Lunch Program had the opportunity to travel downtown to their End of Year Celebration, hosted by The Washington Post. The 2011-2012 Power Lunch Program at Ross was made possible by a $25,000 grant from The Washington Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, which is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities available for at-risk youth and teens in the Greater Washington Region.
Picture: Washington Post Reading Mentor, Victoria Benning with her mentee Makaela Wells.
The students, along with their Reading Mentors, were treated to a few performances throughout their celebration. Graduating fifth grader Taylor Roberts and her mentor, Bill Turque from The Washington Post, read an excerpt from the crowd favorite, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and two other fifth graders, Nina Payne and Kennady Jackson, performed an original song to announce the total number of books read in the Ross Power Lunch Program throughout the year: An impressive total of 548!
Finally, Power Lunch students and mentors were treated to a performance by the wonderful master storyteller, Baba-C. Weaving a colorful tale of storytelling, itself, and starring a menagerie of animals, Baba-C involved both students and mentors in the performance and even brought a student on stage to use all his might to push the storyteller off the stage; after a few floundering attempts, the student succeeded amidst raucous cheers.
After the performances, Ross Elementary School Principal, Holly Searl, came to the stage with EW!DC School Coordinator, Emie Kirk, to honor and congratulate the graduating fifth graders with gold medals and thunderous applause from their peers. Ms. Searl thanked them for their hard work and dedication and wished them much success as they move on to middle school.
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