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Microsoft Steps Up to Support EW!DC

By EW!DC / Published: 10/12/2016


On Tuesday, October 11th, nearly 60 students from School Without Walls at Francis Stevens (SWWFS), a public school in Northwest Washington received a special distribution of backpacks, school supplies, and books courtesy of Microsoft. All the students are participants in the Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) Power Lunch program, a literacy program that promotes the love of reading through a one-on-one mentoring relationship.

"EW!DC is so grateful for this generous donation from Microsoft," says Executive Director, Mary Salander. "The renewal of this partnership will do a lot of good for the students of Washington, DC!"

Back in August, Microsoft employees from various offices across the nation met in Washington, DC for their annual corporate conference. To kick off the event, Microsoft partnered with Impact 4 Good on a team building service project to benefit EW!DC. The service project included building 50 bookshelves for EW!DC's partner schools, assembling 150 STEM car kits, and stuffing nearly 200 backpacks with school supplies. Additionally, 385 new books were donated by employees. A pop-up Barnes & Noble shop filled with specially-requested titles made giving easy.

Microsoft prides itself on giving back to the community, empowering every person and organization to achieve more, and this spirit of giving was certainly showcased at this event. "We believe in the power of an education and know how important reading is to the process. We were grateful for the opportunity to support the EW!DC organization this past summer and hope the donated books and backpacks with school supplies will give students the tools they need to succeed this school year," said VP U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft, Curt Kolcun. For many years, Microsoft employees read in the Power Lunch program, and EW!DC is thankful for this rekindled partnership.

Along with the supplies, students were also treated to an ice cream social provided by Ben & Jerry's as a part of their 'Scoop It Forward' program. One of EW!DC's corporate partners, Vedder Price, donated the ice cream party to EW!DC and Ben & Jerry's 'Joy Gang' brought along chocolate and vanilla ice cream for the nearly 60 students enrolled in the Power Lunch program at SWWFS to enjoy.

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