Everybody Wins! Power Lunch Hour

The best part of EW! is finding a good book and wishing it wouldn’t end.
– Westshire Student

This has been a great way for me to give back to the community. I gained the joy that comes from sharing books and ideas.
– EW! Mentor

UVBEP facilitates the Everybody Wins! (EW!) Reading Mentoring Program at five elementary schools throughout the Upper Valley. Last year more than 110 dedicated individuals read with children during lunch one day each week during the school year.

EW! is designed to foster a love of reading in elementary school children to create life-long readers. Participation from area business people and community members has made a significant impact on many students' lives though this program. Teachers, parents, students and mentors involved in the program have reported improved student attitudes toward reading and school in general.

UVBEP actively recruits mentors during the summer and early fall, and continues to accept mentor applications throughout the year. New mentors are introduced to the program through an orientation. Mentor support is maintained throughout the year by volunteer teachers who coordinate the program and with literacy workshops.

Participating schools:

School Town Power Lunch Hour
(Times subject to change)
Bluff Elementary School Claremont, NH Weds. or Fri., 12:00 – 1:00pm
Chelsea Public School Chelsea, VT Wednesdays 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sharon Elementary School Sharon, VT Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm
Tunbridge Central School Tunbridge, VT Mon. or Thurs. 12:10-1:05pm
Westshire Elementary School West Fairlee, VT Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm

To apply to become a mentor download the application and return to UVBEP.

To learn more or to share this great program with friends and colleagues, download a copy of the Program Information and Program Flyer.

EW! in the Upper Valley is made possible though UVBEP’s collaboration with EW! VT and financial support from UVBEP underwriters, sustainers and grantors. UVBEP extends a special thank you to EW! Grantors and Program Sponsors:

  • Vermont Mentoring Funders Collaborative
  • 5 Olde Tavern & Grille, South Royalton, VT
  • Blue Sky Restaurant Group, West Lebanon, NH
  • BAM!, West Lebanon, NH
  • Claremont Opera House, Claremont, NH
  • Co-op Food Stores, Hanover/Lebanon, NH
  • Hannaford Bros. Co., Claremont, NH & West Lebanon, NH
  • Lou's Restaurant, Hanover, NH
  • Price Chopper, Lebanon, NH & West Lebanon, NH
  • Shaw's Supermarket, West Lebanon, NH
  • Stone Arch Bakery, Lebanon, NH

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