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EVERYBODY WINS CONNECTICUT INC
September 24, 2010

Once a week during the school year, I leave the ringing phones, e-mails, and demands at my desk and travel to a local school where I meet up with my reading partner for about 45 minutes during his lunch. He is a very bright young man, but in the beginning, he wasn't a great reader. When we started, I read to him, but over time and with encouragement, he started to read aloud to me. So the simple act of reading with this child has improved his reading level, given him greater confidence to participate in the classroom because he's engaged and thereby improves his classroom behavior. This time we spend together is the highlight of my week! Here are some startling statistics - if a child isn't reading at their grade level by 3rd Grade, we will most likely not see that child graduate from high school. There are some states that predict their prison populations by 3rd grade reading abilities!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

students who participate in this Power Lunch program have increased their reading abilities. The mentoring aspect of this program provides students with one-on-one reading time.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

secure more funding so we could put this program into every elementary school in the state!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping children be better readers, that I give up about an hour a week, and it is so rewarding.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change our country so that EVERY CHILD would have the opportunity to not only finish high school, but, if they desire, go on to college.

Ways to make it better...

we had more volunteers to read with every child who reads below their grade level.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding to bring more program to more schools.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I imagine a day when a teacher will, at the very least, have students who all reading at their grade level. It will change the face of education, it will change the quality of our neighborhoods, it will change our world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have been a reading mentor for the past 7 years helping a child improve their reading abilities.