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We love Halloween at EWDC! Here are a few of our amazing students from Thomson Elementary School and JO Wilson Elementar...
10/31/2023

We love Halloween at EWDC!

Here are a few of our amazing students from Thomson Elementary School and JO Wilson Elementary School all dressed up for their Power Readers sessions. Bonus points when the mentors get in on the fun!

Today we kicked of the 2023-24 StoryTime program with 13 separate reading events at JO Wilson Elementary School in suppo...
10/18/2023

Today we kicked of the 2023-24 StoryTime program with 13 separate reading events at JO Wilson Elementary School in support of their Bullying Prevention Awareness Day. Volunteers from The Best is Ahead Foundation Maryland Football and NPR read books about empathy and kindness to kids and engaged in discussions about how to be a good friend and respect others.

Books can have a positive impact on kids’ lives and we are proud to bring the power of reading to communities across the DC area.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers and we can’t wait for the next StoryTime!

What a great Sunday for EWDC! We started things off with the Washington Nationals, talking to fans about our programs an...
10/15/2023

What a great Sunday for EWDC!

We started things off with the Washington Nationals, talking to fans about our programs and how they can help kids thrive through the power of reading.

Then we headed to Van Ness Elementary School, our newest Power Readers school, where we met with parents and gave away Kynd Kits filled with literacy supports and other activities.

Thanks to all for the wonderful support!

Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization - VNES PTO
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Power Readers has started! EWDC kicked off the Power Readers program year with mentoring sessions at Thomson Elementary ...
10/12/2023

Power Readers has started!

EWDC kicked off the Power Readers program year with mentoring sessions at Thomson Elementary School, JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres PTA, JO Wilson Elementary School plus 4 other schools across the DC region. Just look at all these happy faces! It’s going to be an amazing year of reading, laughing, and learning.

Want to be part of the fun? Sign up as a mentor today! For just an hour a week during the school year, you can change a child’s life forever.

https://everybodywinsdc.org/become-a-mentor/

Thank you Capitol Riverfront for this amazing support! We’re so excited to launch Power Readers at Van Ness Elementary S...
10/04/2023

Thank you Capitol Riverfront for this amazing support! We’re so excited to launch Power Readers at Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization - VNES PTO and your Book Nook will surely be a hit with the students.

Can’t wait for the big reveal later this month!

Join Us to Renovate the Everybody Wins "Power Readers" Book Nook at Van Ness Elementary

Mentors are back! Last week we kicked off orientation sessions for Power Readers mentors. New and retuning volunteers ar...
10/03/2023

Mentors are back!

Last week we kicked off orientation sessions for Power Readers mentors. New and retuning volunteers are meeting with EWDC staff to prepare for their first reading sessions at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres PTA, Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization - VNES PTO, JO Wilson Elementary School and other schools across the DC area.

The best part, however, is knowing what comes after these orientations end: amazing smiles on our kids’ faces when they see their mentors.

It’s not too late to join Power Readers and give a child the gift of reading. New reading pairs will start sessions through December 2023 so submit your mentor application today!

https://everybodywinsdc.org/become-a-mentor/

It’s the final countdown to our Power Readers launch at Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization - VNES PT...
09/21/2023

It’s the final countdown to our Power Readers launch at Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization - VNES PTO! We’re so excited to bring the power of books to 4th and 5th graders and can’t wait to start mentoring sessions in a few weeks.

Volunteers from the Washington Nationals and the Capitol Riverfront joined EWDC at Van Ness ES today to fill the shelves with new books and write notes of encouragement for young readers. Together, we’re giving kids the opportunity to thrive through reading.

Special thank you to Capitol Hill Community Foundation for supporting this Power Readers expansion through their annual Arnold F. Keller, Jr. Award!

Our amazing Program Coordinators stopped by the EWDC office today to select new books for Power Readers kids at JO Wilso...
09/14/2023

Our amazing Program Coordinators stopped by the EWDC office today to select new books for Power Readers kids at JO Wilson Elementary School, John Tyler Elementary School, JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres PTA, Van Ness Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization - VNES PTO, Innovation ES, and Savoy ES. Exciting!

But do you see those empty shelves behind them? Can you help us restock our bookcases so even more kids can thrive through the power of reading?

Click the link below to see our EWDC book wish lists and make your selection today!

https://everybodywinsdc.org/give-books/

Nothing better than an unboxing day! Our Back to School, Back to Books campaign is underway and we have some amazing par...
09/06/2023

Nothing better than an unboxing day!

Our Back to School, Back to Books campaign is underway and we have some amazing partners hosting book drives that will put new books directly into kids’ hands.

Special thank you to APCO Worldwide and Cornerstone Research for helping kick things off. With your support, young readers across the region will receive books that celebrate characters and communities often underrepresented in children’s literature.

08/25/2023

Check out our Reading Role Models from Maryland Football & The Best is Ahead Foundation in action!

So grateful to Taulia and Jeshaun for helping EWDC bring the joy of reading to students and families at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres PTA.

What a great way to help kick off our Back to School, Back to Books campaign! With help from some amazing Bloomberg volu...
08/18/2023

What a great way to help kick off our Back to School, Back to Books campaign!

With help from some amazing Bloomberg volunteers, we prepared books to give away next week so families can build engaging home libraries that empower and inspire young readers.

Special thank you to Hindi's Libraries for the donation of books to support these essential distribution events!

🚨 NEW EWDC PARTNER ALERT! 🚨 This program year, EWDC is proud to partner with the Arlington Rotary Club VA to put diverse...
08/11/2023

🚨 NEW EWDC PARTNER ALERT! 🚨

This program year, EWDC is proud to partner with the Arlington Rotary Club VA to put diverse books directly into the community so families can build empowering home libraries. By “adopting” our Little Free Library at Key ES, the Rotary Club of Arlington will keep it stocked with books that give all young kids a chance to see themselves on the page. Bonus? They wrote amazing notes of encouragement and hid them inside the pages for readers to find.

Thank you for the support and for helping kids across Arlington thrive through reading!

Power Readers sessions start in less than 2 months and we’re so excited to already have 125 mentors signed up to read wi...
08/09/2023

Power Readers sessions start in less than 2 months and we’re so excited to already have 125 mentors signed up to read with kids.

But here’s the thing…we have a lot more than 125 students who are ready and willing to give up their recess to read with a mentor.

Can you help us hit our goal of 200 Power Readers mentor applications by Labor Day? This will get our kids the reading and social-emotional support they deserve.

Click the link below to learn more and get started today!

https://everybodywinsdc.org/become-a-mentor/

EWDC works with some incredible partners to bring the power and joy of reading to kids across the DC region. Check out t...
08/03/2023

EWDC works with some incredible partners to bring the power and joy of reading to kids across the DC region.

Check out this video that includes student-athletes from The Best is Ahead Foundation & Maryland Football serving as Reading Role Models at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres PTA. These amazing players are making an impact both on and off the field.

Thank you for giving your time to our students!

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We’re hiring! EWDC is looking for 2-4 additional part-time Program Coordinators to join our dynamic team. Program Coordi...
07/11/2023

We’re hiring!

EWDC is looking for 2-4 additional part-time Program Coordinators to join our dynamic team. Program Coordinators will support the Power Readers mentoring program at one or more EWDC partner schools. Possible service sites include JO Wilson ES (DCPS), Van Ness ES (DCPS) and Innovation ES (Arlington, VA).

Position starts in September 2023 and runs through June 2024. Perfect for a parent or caregiver with kids in school, someone looking to learn more about youth programming, a grad student with extra hours to fill, or anyone who wants to help kids thrive through reading.

More details on our website!

https://everybodywinsdc.org/jobs-internships/

What an incredible year! So many books, smiles, and amazing memories. Thank you for making the 2022-23 program year a su...
07/03/2023

What an incredible year! So many books, smiles, and amazing memories. Thank you for making the 2022-23 program year a success.

EWDC is closed for the July 4th week as we prep for an even bigger year for our students, our mentors, and our school partners. We can’t wait to get started!

EWDC will give away more than 10,000 free books this year, helping families build robust home libraries and teachers fil...
06/20/2023

EWDC will give away more than 10,000 free books this year, helping families build robust home libraries and teachers fill their classrooms with stories that engage and empower students. This is only possible because of our amazing partners who fill our shelves with the books kids want to read.

Today, we offer a special thank you to Hindi's Libraries for their recent donation of 4 boxes of books. Launched to honor the life of Dr. Hindi Krinsky, Hindi’s Libraries shares her passion for reading with kids across the globe. The books they donated to EWDC are prepped and ready to go out to children this summer through community distribution events and our 21 Little Free Library boxes across the DC region.

Thank you!

Diversity in STEM leads to better outcomes. That’s why EWDC uses representative reading to elevate diverse STEM role mod...
06/12/2023

Diversity in STEM leads to better outcomes.
That’s why EWDC uses representative reading to elevate diverse STEM role models and show kids that STEM education and careers are open and accessible to all.

Thank you to Amazon for helping us launch this important effort and for putting your commitment to service into action at JO Wilson Elementary School. Together, we’re building a strong STEM pipeline for the future!

What’s the best way to end the Power Readers year? Smiles like this! Today we hosted mentors and students at JO Wilson E...
05/30/2023

What’s the best way to end the Power Readers year? Smiles like this!

Today we hosted mentors and students at JO Wilson Elementary School to celebrate an amazing year of reading, growing, and learning. Special thanks to our amazing mentors, including volunteers from NPR, Life at PwC, the Department of Justice, Department of Education, Bloomberg, and EAB. By giving one hour a week, you’re helping kids thrive through the power of reading!

Two great partners, two great events, hundreds of books now ready to give to kids. Thanks to Accenture US and Service Ye...
05/19/2023

Two great partners, two great events, hundreds of books now ready to give to kids.

Thanks to Accenture US and Service Year & AmeriCorps Alums - DC Chapter for their help preparing books and writing notes of encouragement for kids at the the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Together, we’re helping families build home libraries filled with engaging and representative books that will empower and inspire the next generation of readers!

We’re so excited! This year’s   giving event is on May 17!EWDC is proud to be part of this 24-hour giving campaign hoste...
05/15/2023

We’re so excited! This year’s giving event is on May 17!

EWDC is proud to be part of this 24-hour giving campaign hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area that will raise funds for non-profits across the DMV so we can “do more” for those in need. For EWDC, that means bringing the power of reading to more kids through one-on-one mentoring, group read-aloud activities, and free book distributions.

You don't have to wait until May 17 to make a difference. Make your early pledge today!

https://www.domore24.org/EWDC

EWDC gives away more than 10,000 books a year, 70% of which elevate characters underrepresented in kids’ books. Why? All...
05/03/2023

EWDC gives away more than 10,000 books a year, 70% of which elevate characters underrepresented in kids’ books. Why? All kids deserve to see themselves - and their dreams - represented on the page. Diverse books also help promote empathy, understanding, and inclusion for all.

Now we’re adding a new focus area to our distribution program: diversity in STEM. Through books, we’re showing kids that STEM is open & accessible to all. Having a diverse STEM workforce is critical to future scientific success - the more perspectives we have at the table, the stronger our outcomes will be. We’re proud to be part of the solution.

Special thanks to NASA STEM for helping EWDC “launch” this effort! In addition to reading Yasmin the Scientist to an amazing group of 2nd graders, NASA volunteers distributed books that highlight representative STEM role models for all young readers. We also filled our Little Free Library with a new set of diverse STEM books.

Want to help elevate diversity in STEM through books and reading? Reach out and we’ll get you started!

Yesterday, EWDC joined Life at PwC for a special "Bring Your Child to Work Day" service activity. These amazing PwC kids...
04/28/2023

Yesterday, EWDC joined Life at PwC for a special "Bring Your Child to Work Day" service activity. These amazing PwC kids wrote notes of encouragement to other young readers that will be placed inside some of the 10,000+ free books EWDC gives away each year.

Kids supporting kids. What a perfect way to honor EWDC and PwC's shared mission of caring for our communities and to model in action.

Thank you PwC for the ongoing support!

What an amazing day with the Cherry Blossom Princess Program! These incredible young women from all over the world joine...
04/14/2023

What an amazing day with the Cherry Blossom Princess Program!

These incredible young women from all over the world joined EWDC in classrooms at JO Wilson Elementary School and Ludlow-Taylor Capitol Hill to spread the power and joy of reading to students in Pre-K3 through 1st grade. The Princesses also helped us fill two Little Free Library boxes so that all kids in the neighborhood can enjoy new and diverse books.

Already looking forward to next year’s event!

Kicking off our day at JO Wilson Elementary School with some amazing Reading Role Models from Cherry Blossom Princess Pr...
04/13/2023

Kicking off our day at JO Wilson Elementary School with some amazing Reading Role Models from Cherry Blossom Princess Program. Stay tuned!

Excited to announce that EWDC is partnering with the Cherry Blossom Princess Program this year to spread the power and j...
04/12/2023

Excited to announce that EWDC is partnering with the Cherry Blossom Princess Program this year to spread the power and joy of reading to elementary school students in DC.

Later this week, the amazing Cherry Blossom Princesses will serve as EWDC Reading Role Models and visit classrooms at JO Wilson Elementary School and Ludlow-Taylor Capitol Hill. We can’t wait!

One week ago, we hosted 200+ supporters and friends at Read to Dream to celebrate all that is magical about EWDC. Our st...
03/30/2023

One week ago, we hosted 200+ supporters and friends at Read to Dream to celebrate all that is magical about EWDC. Our students absolutely stole the show, reminding everyone why our work is so important. Their message? Reading has the power to change lives and EWDC can make it all possible.

Thank you to the incredible volunteers, sponsors, and partners who made Read to Dream such a success. Your support allows EWDC to expand programming so that more kids can reach their potential through reading.

Also special thanks to our school partners who welcome EWDC into their communities with open arms, including Savoy Elementary School, JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres PTA, JO Wilson Elementary School, John Tyler Elementary School, Marie Reed Elementary School, Thomson Elementary School, and Innovation Elementary School.

Below are a few of our favorite pics from the night. Check out the full album by The Five Arrows Media!

https://thefivearrowsmedia.pic-time.com/-everybodywinsdc/gallery

And finally, special thanks to the teams who helped make the evening a wonderful experience for all:

Planet Word Museum
Spilled Milk Catering
The Five Arrows Media
Baltimore Management Agency
Wolf Auction Group

EWDC uses the power of reading to help kids thrive. Through books, our students build academic skills, develop social-em...
03/21/2023

EWDC uses the power of reading to help kids thrive. Through books, our students build academic skills, develop social-emotional competencies, and expand their horizons.

Key to this effort is helping families build engaging and exciting home libraries. That’s why we’ve given away more than 9,000 free books this program year, 72% of which elevate characters and communities historically underrepresented in children’s literature.

This week we’re restocking our shelves to get ready for the next round of community distributions. You can help by adding a book to the pile. Click below to give a child the gift of reading today!

https://everybodywinsdc.org/give-books/

Reading is powerful. When kids read, they build academic & social-emotional skills, expand their horizons, and develop e...
03/17/2023

Reading is powerful. When kids read, they build academic & social-emotional skills, expand their horizons, and develop empathy for all.

Since 1995, EWDC has harnessed this power to help kids thrive at school and in life. But we don’t do it alone - it’s people like you who make it all possible.

Join EWDC on March 23 for our annual Read to Dream event and you will encourage, empower, and inspire kids through reading. Can’t attend but want to help put new books into kids’ hands? Make a Read to Dream donation to support our programs.

https://bit.ly/EWDCReadToDreamTickets

Earlier this year, the team at Wilson Sonsini gave our students at Savoy Elementary School something amazing: the gift o...
03/14/2023

Earlier this year, the team at Wilson Sonsini gave our students at Savoy Elementary School something amazing: the gift of reading. Through their financial support, EWDC delivered thousands of new books to their library that will engage, empower, and inspire young readers.

Last week, volunteers from Wilson Sonsini and PWC helped put these new books on the shelves for kids to enjoy.

Thank you for helping children thrive through the power of reading!

What a wonderful way to celebrate Read Across America Day! Last week, Ariel Atkins of the Washington Mystics spent time ...
03/07/2023

What a wonderful way to celebrate Read Across America Day!

Last week, Ariel Atkins of the Washington Mystics spent time reading aloud and modeling positive literacy behavior to a group of our kindergarten students at Savoy Elementary School.

Thank you Ariel for being such a positive Reading Role Model!

Read to Dream 2023 is just 4 weeks away. That means in 4 weeks, we’re going to auction off some amazing packages to rais...
02/23/2023

Read to Dream 2023 is just 4 weeks away. That means in 4 weeks, we’re going to auction off some amazing packages to raise money for EWDC’s reading programs that serve thousands of kids each year. We’ve got Bruce Springsteen, a St. Lucia villa, NASCAR, the Washington Capitals, a DC staycation and more!

Check out our Read To Dream event page to learn more about available packages and for tickets information. You need to be present to bid so get your ticket today!

Can’t attend but want to help kids thrive through reading? Make a Read to Dream donation in an amount that’s meaningful to you.

https://bit.ly/EWDCReadToDream

As we close out another amazing week at EWDC, it's important to reflect on the incredible impact our volunteers and part...
02/17/2023

As we close out another amazing week at EWDC, it's important to reflect on the incredible impact our volunteers and partners are having on students across the DC region. By giving just an hour a week, Power Readers mentors are helping kids become stronger readers, better learners, and more confident individuals. Together, we are giving kids the foundation they need to thrive at school and beyond.

Special thank you to the mentors who brought smiles to these kids' faces, including volunteers from Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC, U.S. Department of Education, CTIA, and The United States Department of Justice.

Are you looking to put your commitment to service into action? From weekly mentoring sessions to one-time reading activities to book drives, there is an option for everyone. Send us a note or drop a comment and we'll get you started today!

One of our favorite moments so far this school year? Watching students at Savoy Elementary School surround Karl Racine, ...
02/02/2023

One of our favorite moments so far this school year? Watching students at Savoy Elementary School surround Karl Racine, DC's first elected Attorney General, and do a group cheer for reading. Mr. Racine had just finished a Book Talk where he presented a story about the late Congressman John Lewis and talked to the students about how books can shape their lives. And as you can see, the kids loved every moment of it.

But this isn't the only time Mr. Racine has engaged, encouraged, and inspired our students. Karl has been part of the EWDC family for almost 15 years and we are honored to recognize his service with this year's Community Champion Award to be presented at our Read to Dream Celebration on March 23, 2023.

Help us honor Karl and make more moments like this for students by becoming part of Read to Dream. Purchase a ticket, serve as a sponsor, or make a donation - all proceeds support critical reading programs that help children build the literacy and social emotional skills they need to thrive.

Congrats to Karl Racine and see you on March 23!

https://bit.ly/EWDCReadToDream

🚨 EXPANSION ALERT! 🚨 We’ve officially started Power Readers at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres PTA! This is our final Pow...
01/25/2023

🚨 EXPANSION ALERT! 🚨

We’ve officially started Power Readers at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres PTA! This is our final Power Readers launch for the 2022-23 school year and we couldn’t be more excited to connect these amazing kids with the mentors they want and deserve. Here is to a great year of reading!

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Read to Dream 2023 is 10 weeks away!EWDC’s annual spring fundraiser, Read to Dream, brings together ...
01/12/2023

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Read to Dream 2023 is 10 weeks away!

EWDC’s annual spring fundraiser, Read to Dream, brings together hundreds of volunteers, supporters, and friends to celebrate the magic of reading and the power of EWDC programs. Read to Dream also raises the funds needed to bring mentoring, read-alouds, and free book distributions to kids across the DC region.

Read to Dream 2023
Thursday, March 23
Planet Word Museum

Tickets are limited so act fast! Can’t attend but want to help a child thrive through reading? Make a Read to Dream donation in support of our programs.

Please join Everybody Wins DC on March 23, 2023 at the Planet Word Museum for our biggest event of the year, Read to Dream! The evening marks EWDC’s 28th year of ser...

What a way to start 2023! Not only did we hit our $50K end-of-year fundraising goal, we beat it. Thank you to everyone f...
01/05/2023

What a way to start 2023! Not only did we hit our $50K end-of-year fundraising goal, we beat it. Thank you to everyone for the incredible support.

Why was hitting this goal so important? Because it means more programs and books for deserving kids across the DC region. In fact, we’re already hard at work on two exciting expansions. Stay tuned for details!!

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2022 has been an amazing year filled with books, laughter, and love. EWDC is back in schools, we’re expanding programs, ...
12/30/2022

2022 has been an amazing year filled with books, laughter, and love. EWDC is back in schools, we’re expanding programs, and we’ve launched new and exciting ways for volunteers to connect with kids through reading.

Let’s make 2023 even better. There’s still time to help us hit our $50,000 end-of-year goal so we can bring more mentors, more read-alouds, and more free books to kids across the DC region. Make your gift today and help a child thrive tomorrow!

Last year EWDC's End of Year campaign helped us continue our goal to bring the magic of books to our students at a time of overwhelming uncertainty. Still the overw...

With just over a week left in 2022, the entire EWDC team is working hard to make sure we’re ready for some pretty exciti...
12/23/2022

With just over a week left in 2022, the entire EWDC team is working hard to make sure we’re ready for some pretty exciting program expansions planned for next year. But we need your help to make it happen.

Our end-of-year campaign is raising money to connect more kids with mentors, read-alouds, and free books. Why? Because this is how we help them reach their potential. Our students build literacy skills, develop social-emotional competencies, and fall in love with books and learning - all building blocks for future success.

Can you help? Your end-of-year gift will give a child the tools they need to thrive through reading.

https://bit.ly/EverybodyWinsDC22

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