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Everybody Wins! D.C.


"One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world!" We promote children's literacy and love of learning. Reading mentors provide positive role models, foster self-esteem, and increase children's prospects for success in school and life.

Real Life

A Reading Mentor from Walker Jones Elementary School My student and I have been reading together through the EW!DC Power Lunch program for four years. When we started, she was VERY shy and could not speak above a whisper and her reading skills were also poor. Her father was in jail and her mother was struggling to raise a family of five. One of her sisters also lived at home with her baby, who my student often babysat after school; her sister was only 15 years old.

Today, my student is confident, reads well and has found her voice. She loves to copy me by reading with a lot of expression. When she was in the first and second grade, she told me she wanted to be a babysitter when she grew up. Now she wants to be a doctor.

She asked me last week, if I would be her Mentor next year. I asked, "Do you want me to?" She replied "Yes." She then asked me if I'd be her Mentor in Middle and High School and I said, "If you want me to." Then looking at me out of the corner of her eye, she asked, "How about forever?"

My heart has been stolen.