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Power Lunch

The Mission of EVERYBODY WINS! METRO BOSTON (EWMB) is to increase children’s prospects for success in school and in life through one-to-one reading experiences with caring adults. Everybody Wins! Metro Boston’s signature program is known as POWER LUNCH. This is a regional affiliate of the national non-profit literacy organization Everybody Wins!, founded in New York in 1991. EWMB was established in 2002 to bring POWER LUNCH to children in the communities of greater Boston. The King Open School has been a POWER LUNCH participant since the fall of 2008.

Everybody Wins! POWER LUNCH Program matches READING MENTORS from local businesses (currently: Biogen Idec, Gentle Giant, CDM Smith, Blackbaud, Riverside Boating) with elementary school children in grades 1 – 4. Once a week, these reading partners enjoy conversation and books together at the school, during the student’s lunch period.  The adult reads a book aloud, while the student listens and eats lunch.  The children are referred by the classroom teacher and, with parent permission, begin a year- long commitment to the POWER LUNCH Read-Aloud Program. The students and their Mentors are supervised by an Everybody Wins! School Coordinator who arranges the reading spaces, supports book selection, and coordinates the daily schedule, as well as serving as a liaison between the classroom teacher, the student, and the Mentor. 

POWER LUNCH Mentors currently number 80 and read to 63 students in grades 1 – 4. Several of the students have two alternating Mentors. The program meets from 11:30AM - 12Noon and 12:30 - 1PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from mid-October until early June. The POWER LUNCH year culminates in June with an End of the Year Celebration for all students, their families, staff/administration, and the Mentors.

For more information, please contact:

Judith Siemen, King Open School Coordinator
Everybody Wins! Metro Boston
617.267.3250 x2