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Tuck's adults read to local kids

Published February 9, 2004; Category: TUCK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Literacy program spreads as students graduate

Each week, 59 students, staff and faculty members of the Tuck School mentor and read from good books with local elementary school students during their lunch hour.

"What is great about Everybody Wins! is that each week, they see how much difference an hour can make to a child."

- John Vogel

The three-year-old Tuck group is part of a network of 404 adults serving as "Everybody Wins! Vermont" mentors in programs throughout Vermont, and part of a larger network of more than 7,000 business people reading and mentoring in EW! literacy programs throughout the country.

"Tuck students are busy, productive people," says Tuck Professor John Vogel, faculty director of the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship. "What is great about Everybody Wins! is that each week, they see how much difference an hour can make to a child. We expect that as future business leaders, they will encourage their organizations to do the same in their communities."

Many Tuck grads who served as reading mentors during their time at Tuck have established EW! programs in their new home towns through partnerships with their post-Tuck companies. Joshua Silverstone, a 2002 Tuck graduate, helped persuade his new employer (Millipore, a biopharmaceutical company in Billerica, Mass.) to partner with the new EW! Metro Boston.

Silverstone says, "I moved from a business school that stresses 'care for the community' to a corporation that holds similar values, and was excited to bring my involvement in Everybody Wins! with me. Millipore has become an enthusiastic supporter of EW! and the employee volunteers here are getting tremendous satisfaction from it."

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Last Updated: 12/17/08