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The Clark Charitable Foundation Sets the Pace

By EW!DC / Published: 12/07/2012

The mission of Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) has always been close to Courtney Clark Pastrick’s heart.  As President of The Clark Charitable Foundation, Pastrick is a former Reading Mentor in the Power Lunch program, and has served on EW!DC’s Board of Directors as well.


(Right picture: Power Lunch Student Christopher Lara-Bonilla with his Reading Mentor, Candice Evans, at Highland View Elementary)


Thanks to her interest, and to the generosity of the Foundation, Power Lunch at Highland View Elementary in Silver Spring, MD will continue to operate through the 2012-2013 school year with the Foundation as their Lead Mentor Corporate Sponsor.


“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,” declares Pastrick.


“I have been a longtime supporter of the Power Lunch program, and becoming the Lead Mentor Corporate Sponsor at Highland View is a wonderful way to continue our involvement.  We are based in Montgomery County, and I appreciate that our sponsorship benefits a school in the County,” adds Pastrick. 


Principal Anne Dardarian embraces Clark’s interest in maintaining the program.  “Our students benefit both academically and emotionally from time spent reading and talking with their mentors,” she notes.  “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!”


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