Everybody Wins! DC

WISH LIST: $100: reading medallions for an end-of-year celebration; $500: 75 books for students; $1000: enrichment activities for two Power Lunch schools

Here in Washington, DC, only 14% of 4th graders and 12% of 8th graders read at the proficient level or above, and among 4th graders eligible for free or reduced lunch, an astonishing 71% read below the basic level. These are children at risk for failing academically and socially. Everybody Wins! DC operates literacy and mentoring programs in 32 Title I public elementary schools throughout the Washington metropolitan region, serving nearly 4,000 underserved students. It pairs them with adult Reading Mentors from companies, organizations, and Capitol Hill through the Power Lunch Program. The idea is simple: expose children to literature, inspire them to read, give them caring role models who read and talk with them each week, and you will make a significant difference in their lives. Many partners stay together for years (retention is a remarkable 70%) and below-grade-level reading decreases annually from 61% to 34%, with most students achieving competency. Everybody Wins! DC also distributes more than 7,000 books a year. Your generosity can change the lives of thousands of children.