Secretary Arne Duncan gave the keynote address at Everybody Wins! DC’s 15th annual gala celebration. In his speech, Duncan praised the efforts of the organization and its volunteers, and highlighted the national importance of reading programs. Duncan was introduced by fifth grade student Biruktawit Tibebe, and also read with her during the event.
Everybody Wins! DC is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy. The program pairs elementary students in low-income schools with reading mentors in order to instill in students a love of learning through shared reading experiences. For the past 15 years, Everybody Wins! DC has served more than 34,000 students and distributed more than 100,000 books to them.