Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation hosted more than 150 students from Key Elementary School in Arlington, Va., for a luncheon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on May 15. The students were honored at the event for their participation in the Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch program during the 2013-14 school year.
Nearly 30 MSE staff members are participating in the 2013-14 Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch program, a literacy and mentoring program based in select elementary schools in the Washington metropolitan area. The goal of Power Lunch is to encourage children’s interest in reading, expand their opportunities for success and facilitate meaningful volunteer contributions.
Through the Power Lunch program, MSE staff members, including employees from the Capitals, Mystics, Wizards and Verizon Center, are paired with students at Garrison Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and Key Elementary School in Arlington, Va. Each week during the school year, MSE staff members take time out of their day to visit with their mentees, spending time reading and sharing conversation during the lunch hour. MSE also hosts an employee book drive during the holidays to collect books that are donated to Everybody Wins! DC.
At the Power Lunch Celebration, mentors and teachers joined the students for a violin performance and book reading by Key classmates, and students were recognized for achieving reading goals. The luncheon marked the first time the event was hosted by a partnering organization off school grounds. The pizza lunch was generously donated by Papa John’s.