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Everybody Wins When Students Read

Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Students from Benjamin E. Mays Elementary School in St. Paul visited the Minnesota Judicial Center on April 2 as part of the Everybody Wins! annual celebration.

Since 1996, the State Law Library has coordinated Power Lunch, the read-aloud program of Everybody Wins!, in which adult volunteers are paired with students at the school for a weekly reading session. The reading program runs from October through early April. Most of the adults work at the Judicial Center, and they serve as role models and mentors to the children. They also help instill within the students the love and pleasure of reading. During the 2012–2013 school year, 76 adults read weekly to 50 first-grade students.


Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Wilhelmina Wright welcomed students from Benjamin E. Mays Elementary School to the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul on April 2 as part of the Everybody Wins annual celebration.

Attending the year-end celebration were the adult readers; students; participating Benjamin E. Mays Elementary School teachers; the school principal; and special guest, Monica Stratton, a storyteller from Ramsey County Library – Maplewood.