Power Lunch is literacy program that pairs corporate volunteers with elementary school children, one-to-one. Participating companies range from small to large, from both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Once a week volunteers and students share books and conversation while they eat lunch together at the school. The Power Lunch program benefits children academically and socially by bringing a diverse selection of children’s literature into schools and providing students with caring adult readers who act as informal mentors and positive role models.
To encourage a child to read by:
- Promoting enthusiasm for literature
- Assisting child to overcome apprehension of reading
- Building comprehension, listening and vocabulary skills
- Increasing attention and concentration
To expand a child’s opportunities for success by:
- Exposing the child to new experiences and information
- Helping the child to articulate thoughts
- Enhancing imagination, insight, and independent thinking
- Building self-esteem and confidence
For the students:
- They are exposed to new places and ideas through the reading materials that their volunteers share with them. They learn to think more creatively.
- Their listening and vocabulary skills improve. They become more articulate and insightful.
- Through their volunteers they are exposed to the world of work.
- They become more self-confident because they know that their volunteers make time for them and enjoying reading with them.
- Students develop reading skills and a love for books, build vocabulary, and have a role model.
For the Business:
- Shows a commitment to the community
- Boosts employee morale and productivity
- Encourages team building
- Provides a program for employees and retirees
- Improves the quality of your future workforce
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