You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Volunteers read to students to increase literacy

In celebration of 20 years of service within the community, Everybody Wins! Atlanta kicked off the year with a major goal in mind: distribute 20,000 books across the region in an effort to increase literacy and encourage lifelong learning in children one book at a time.

The nonprofit was founded by Arthur Tannenbaum and his wife Phyllis, who read aloud to their children instilling a lifelong love of reading. Serving the students of Hope-Hill Elementary School, the Tannenbaums visited a neighborhood school once a week during lunchtime to read with a child, and make a positive impact. This launched the Power Lunch Program.

Volunteers from neighboring companies and the community were paired with weekly during lunch time with students in first through fifth grade who were struggling to read. Weekly the pairs met to read, learn new vocabulary words and help with comprehension. Soon students were learning to love reading, gaining self-confidence and become better readers.

Now, the Power Lunch program includes 10 schools and 40 companies that pair employees with first through fifth grade students identified as reading below grade level. The pairs meet for 30 minutes, once a week, during the student’s lunchtime to read and foster a mentoring relationship.

“Each student not only benefits from weekly one-on-one reading experiences, but also receives three new age-appropriate books to help build their home library and increase family reading time. The program has grown from one school to 10 schools in metro Atlanta. Each week, over local companies send 800 volunteers into elementary schools to help 700 children read better,”said Executive Director Tiffany Tolbert.

To support improving literacy and reach its 20,000-book goals, Everybody Wins! Atlanta is always seeking volunteers to help its cause. People can volunteer two to four times monthly to read with a child in a one of its partner schools, coordinate a book drive to collect children’s books, make a donation to support the organization or participate in an upcoming fundraiser to help provide programming and books to children.

“The impact on both the student and the mentor cannot be overstated. In my experience, the students look forward to the time they get to spend one-on-one with a mentor, reading a book of their choosing,” said volunteer John R. Gibson an associate at Duane Morris LLP. “As a reader, I know I am doing my part to help students in my community foster a love of reading that will hopefully carry on through adulthood.”

Who’s doing good?Each Tuesday, we write about charity events such as fun-runs, volunteer projects and other community gatherings that benefit a good cause. To suggest an event for us to cover, contact Devika Rao at

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Traffic reopens after Ga. 316 crash in Gwinnett
Traffic reopens after Ga. 316 crash in Gwinnett

All lanes have reopened on westbound Ga. 316 at Harbins Road in Gwinnett County after a three-vehicle crash, police said. A tanker truck was involved, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. All lanes were closed earlier. “There were entrapments involved and some of the occupants have been transported to the hospital,” Cpl. Frederick...
South Georgia wildfire close to 100,000 acres
South Georgia wildfire close to 100,000 acres

The wildfire that started in southeast Georgia earlier this month has burned almost one-fourth of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, officials said Saturday. Known as the West Mims Fire, the blaze now has torched 94,664 acres and is just 8 percent contained, according to a statement from the team that is battling the blaze. Waycross will be impacted...
Record high temperature possible Saturday
Record high temperature possible Saturday

Today: High: 87 Tonight: Low: 67 Tomorrow: High: 85 Better prepare for heat, metro Atlanta. Saturday’s temperature is expected to be near a record high. The forecast high of 87 is just 1 degree lower than the record for this date, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. And the forecast is also well above the average high temperature...
8-month-old gets liver transplant from godmother
8-month-old gets liver transplant from godmother

He’s known as “Finn the Mighty Warrior” on a Facebook page devoted to him, and this 8-month old fighter continues to battle against two rare liver conditions. >> Read more trending news But Finn O’Sullivan won’t have to fight alone. The infant, in need of a transplant, found a match — not from a relative...
At 100-day mark, gauging Trump’s impact on Georgia
At 100-day mark, gauging Trump’s impact on Georgia

President Donald Trump. Curtis Compton/AJC One hundred days into the tenure of the most mold-shattering administration in modern history and President Donald Trump has moved at breakneck pace to try and strip away federal regulations, reset the country’s economic relationships abroad and dismantle the biggest pieces of his predecessor’s...
More Stories