Shared reading has the power to change a student's life. Add a caring adult to the experience and the impact is even more profound.
Power Lunch, EWDC's signature shared reading program, connects elementary school students with caring volunteers to read together once a week during the students' lunch hour. No curriculum, no lesson plans. Just spending quality time together, reading books they enjoy.
Why? Because while schools focus on teaching kids how to read, Power Lunch focuses on motivating kids to want to read. Why? Because students who are motivated to read - who love to read - are on a direct path to higher overall achievement and success both inside and outside the classroom.
In addition, schools win by seeing improvements in their students' literacy and social-emotional skills without bearing any additional administrative burden or cost and organizations wins by offering a simple and efficient, yet incredibly consequential way to give back to their communities.