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The Clark Charitable Foundation Funds Power Lunch Program at Highland View Elementary

By EW!DC / Published: 12/05/2012

[District of Columbia, December 5, 2012] – Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) is excited to name The Clark Charitable Foundation as Lead Mentor Corporate Sponsor for its signature Power Lunch program at Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD.


EW!DC is the largest children’s mentoring and literacy non-profit organization in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  The Power Lunch program pairs professional adults (Reading Mentors) one-to-one with low-income public elementary school students to instill a love of reading and learning, as well as to foster a sense of self-esteem.  Reading Mentors volunteer to mentor a student for an hour each week.  During the 2012-2013 school year, the Power Lunch program at Highland View Elementary School will strive to increase the number of students it is currently serving. 


Courtney Clark Pastrick, President of The Clark Charitable Foundation, is a former Reading Mentor in the Power Lunch Program, and has served on EW!DC’s Board of Directors.  Pastrick declared, “I hope we will inspire others in the area to support the school and program.  I wanted Clark to be the lead sponsor to encourage others to participate.”


Without the support of The Clark Charitable Foundation, the Power Lunch program at Highland View Elementary School may not have been able to continue operating this year.  Thanks to the Foundation’s funding, the students will continue to enjoy the popular program.


Highland View Elementary Principal Anne Dardarian noted, “Our students benefit both academically and emotionally from time spent reading and talking with their mentors.”  She added, “The students look forward to their time with their mentors, and a close bond develops between the two.  Students willingly give up their lunch and recess time with their peers in order to spend time with a trusted adult who reads and talks with them.  Power Lunch is a fantastic program!”


EW!DC Executive Director Mary Salander enthused, “We are excited to coordinate with The Clark Charitable Foundation to expand our impact and help more students acquire a love a reading and learning.”


With the help of corporate sponsors, EW!DC tackles the issue of illiteracy head-on, running three programs: Power Lunch, Readers Are Leaders and StoryTime, in 40 low-income public elementary schools. During the 2012-2013 school year, EW!DC will serve more than 4,500 children throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. 


For more information please visit www.everybodywinsdc.org or contact Roopa Purohit at (202)-216-9467 ext. 204.

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