I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well.
For 25 years, Everybody Wins DC has used the power of shared reading to connect children in need with people who care. Whether it’s weekly reading sessions with Power Lunch mentors, the distribution of free books to families and classrooms, or hosting read aloud events with special guests, EWDC knows that connections built over a book can help a child thrive in the classroom and beyond.
With COVID-19 closing schools across the region, we must find new ways to bring the benefits of shared reading to those that need it most. For this reason, we’ve made the decision to close Power Lunch for the 2019-2020 program year so that we can focus on the immediate goal of supporting our school communities through distance learning opportunities and resources .
You can learn a bit about our planned remote shared reading activities in this newsletter, with more information to come in the days ahead. And while it is disappointing that our students and mentors won’t get to finish their year of shared reading, we know this is the right decision so that we can best meet the needs of our students, our schools, and our communities.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our students, our work, and our mission. It means the world to me and to the entire EWDC team.
Jordi Hutchinson, EWDC Executive Director