In March 1995, a bipartisan group of Senators and Senate staff, led by Senators Jim Jeffords and Paul Simon, walked to Brent Elementary School to read with students. Each week, they returned for another session, helping the children become stronger readers and giving them the encouragement they needed to succeed. This work continues today as Power Readers, a region-wide reading-based mentoring focused on building relationships that help students develop literacy and social-emotional skills needed to thrive at school and in life.
During school year 2022-23, Power Readers will begin to once again offer in-person reading sessions and select schools and community partners. Power Readers will also maintain the virtual sessions that have worked well for so many students and volunteers. Additionally, sessions will take place during the school day and during afterschool hours. And, as they have been since EWDC's launch in 1995, Power Readers remains free for all families, schools, and community partners.
- To see the positive impact Power Readers has on students and communities, please review our annual Impact Reports.
- To volunteer as a Power Readers mentor, please click here.
- To make a donation to support Power Readers and other EWDC programs, click here.
- To learn more about Power Readers, please email email@example.com.