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EWVT Read-athon January 25, 2014

What is Everybody Wins! Vermont?

By creating mentoring relationships that foster a love of reading and language, Everybody Wins! Vermont increases children’s prospects for success and engages a diverse range of volunteers in their community schools.

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Everybody Wins! Vermont Announces New Director

The board of directors of Everybody Wins! Vermont, a statewide mentoring and literacy organization, welcomes a new executive director, Beth Wallace. (Read More)

Position Openings:
EW! VT Seeks School Coordinators:
We currently have school coordinator openings at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School in Burlington, Thatcher Brook School in Waterbury and Salisbury Community School.
The full description and application information can be viewed here.

EW! VT Seeks Mentoring Coordinator:
Be a Mentoring Coordinator for Barre Youth Mentoring Program and Everybody Wins! Vermont at Barre City Elementary and Middle School.
The full description and application information can be viewed here.

The Program is Simple

Through our Power Breakfast and Power Lunch programs, adult volunteers are paired with students at local elementary schools to promote reading for pleasure, to build the children’s self-confidence and enhance their self-esteem, and to serve as caring role models. The pairs meet weekly to share books and develop lasting relationships.

Since opening our first two sites in October 2000, EW! VT has grown to become Vermont’s largest mentoring organization. In the 2011-12 school year, we served 680 students at 22 schools! In 2012-13, we are running Power Lunch programs at 23 schools.

We are a literacy-based mentoring program

Why Literacy? The more children read, the better readers they become; the better readers they become, the more they want to read. Research shows that children who read well tend to achieve more academically, enjoy school more, and stay in school. EW! VT is not a tutoring program. Rather, our approach is to help children develop and practice literacy skills by helping them experience the pleasure of reading good books in a one-to-one, noncompetitive setting.

Why Mentoring? Our goal of helping children read more and better is inextricably linked to building strong mentoring relationships. Studies indicate that children who have mentors tend to do better in school; stay in school; have a better sense of their place and importance as community members; have better relationships at home; have higher self-esteem; avoid risky behaviors; and become volunteers as adults.

The Crisis

One of the most critical problems facing our country today is illiteracy. Our national standard of living and the ability for our country to successfully compete in a global economy are at stake if American young people are unable to read.  Consider the following statistics:

  • According to national surveys, roughly one in five American children grows up functionally illiterate.

  • The effects on the American workforce are staggering, with American businesses spending more than $200 billion annually to teach remedial reading and math skills to their employees.

  • More than one in four Vermont kindergarten students are not ready to participate successfully in school.

  • The social costs of incarceration and welfare are directly related to functional illiteracy.

Our Success

Because of EW! VT, children are better readers and are more enthusiastic about school, community members are more engaged in their local schools, and schools are better equipped to help children succeed. Feedback from participating students, mentors, teachers, and parents on annual year-end surveys affirm that the program works.

In the 2012-13 school year, 65% of teachers reported that students showed greater enthusiasm for reading and 100% of teachers would like their student(s) to read with an EW! VT mentor again.  85% said they read better, because of their mentors and 72% said they read more often. Gains in self-confidence among students were observed by 70% of teachers and 67% of mentors.

Board of Directors

President: Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint Communications

Vice President: Laura Schutz, IBM

Secretary: Anne D'Aveni, Mascoma Savings Bank

Treasurer: Christopher Halnon, Merchants Bank


Joe Doud, Vermont Lake Monsters

Stanley Fishkin

Leah Hollenberger, Copley Health Systems 

Amit Lodha, BioTek Instruments, Inc.

Anne McGrath, Verizon

Brian Ricca, Ed D., Montpelier School District

José Suarez, Mascoma Bank

James Jeffords, Honorary Chair

Executive Director, Everybody Wins! Vermont:
Beth Wallace


Everybody Wins! Vermont | 25 School Street, P.O. Box 34 | Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: (802) 229-BOOK (2665) | FAX: (802) 229-1010
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