EWDC brings shared reading programs to public elementary schools throughout the District and Virginia to help change lives and improve outcomes for students, volunteers, and communities. Since 1995, EWDC’s shared reading programs have served thousands of students in need with books.
EWDC currently supports three shared reading programs: POWER LUNCH, THE BOOK PROJECT and STORYTIME
Power Lunch 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. Through this connection with a caring adult, students build essential skills that will help them succeed both in and out of the classroom.
But Power Lunch is bigger than just the student. Everybody wins with Power Lunch!
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StoryTime hosts small shared group readings between students and community leaders, authors, and other invited guests to help expose children to new ideas and opportunities.
Guest readers include: DC Attorney General, Karl Racine, Jamie Lee Curtis, Congressman John Lewis, Jarrett Krosoczka, Daniel Barash and many more.
Check out our latest StoryTime featuring DC Attorney General Karl Racine HERE.
The Book Project
The Book Project extends the power of shared reading from school to home by giving away FREE books to Power Lunch students to build their personal home libraries. Because access to books in the home is critical to successful reading development.
It also gives FREE books to other students and teachers to help support general shared reading activities. In school year 2018-2019, The Book Project distributed more than 4,000 books to students.
Books given away through The Book Project are directly sourced from EWDC's monthly books drives.
Interested in supporting The Book Project? Email: Sarah Aldridge - firstname.lastname@example.org