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All the Reading You Can Handle

15th Annual National Life Read-A-Thon
Saturday January 25, 1-3:30 pm
National Life cafeteria, Montpelier

Piles of books to read. Passports to stamp & gold coins to collect. Fabulous prizes from Bear Pond Books. Cookies from the Post Office Cafe to enjoy with a glass of milk. The sweet tunes of Jon Gailmor, and a free book for every child. What else could you do on a Saturday that has so much fun wrapped up in it?



Don’t miss the 15th Annual National Life Read-A-Thon! This beloved FREE family event is sponsored by National Life Group and held in their spacious, beautiful cafeteria. Come as you are; no sign-up is necessary. Read all the books you can and enter to win prizes! Every child chooses a free book to take home.

Questions? Call 229-2665, or email We can’t wait to see you at the Read-a-Thon!

It takes a community to make the Read-a-Thon happen. Thanks to our sponsors, National Life Group Foundation—this event would not exist without them. Thanks to our partners, Bear Pond Books and Post Office Cafe, for making everything sweeter and more fun. Thanks to Jon Gailmor for the songs we love to sing along with. And thanks to you, for making it a party!



Round Up in September at Hunger Mountain Co-op

Round Up for Children at Hunger Mountain Co-op in September Everybody Wins! Vermont is honored to be Hunger Mountain Co-op’s community partner in September. Visit our table in the co-op in the last two weeks of the month. Sign up for a workshop about children’s books and justice on Tuesday October 1 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the co-op. And don’t forget to round up your grocery purchase at the co-op this month to support children and reading in 5 communities (Barre, Montpelier, Northfield, Waitsfield, and Waterbury) in central Vermont.

Racing to the Top of Vermont for Children

Mentor and child in St. Johnsbury, 2019

“She’s kind. We get to read lots of books and talk about them. I get to talk with someone and spend time with them during the day.” —Waterbury child, 2019

“He learns a lot of different things he didn’t know before. He reads a lot better and slower. He is very positive about his future.” —Barre parent, 2019

These quotes from our annual survey in May 2019 says it all: children love having Everybody Wins! reading mentors, and parents and teachers see what a difference that one hour a week makes in the life of a child.

Everybody Wins! Vermont is entering our 20th year.  In 2018-19, over 600 children read each week with Everybody Wins! mentors.

As we have every August for 12 years, a team of supporters is preparing to climb  Vermont’s highest mountain, Mt. Mansfield, on August 25th.

Everybody Wins! supporters Laura, Amy, and Beth at the start of the Race in 2018

We take part in the Catamount Trail Association’s Race to the Top of Vermont in order to  keep children around Vermont reading with mentors every year. The Toll Road winds for 4.3 miles up the mountain, gaining 2564 feet of altitude in the process. It’s not an easy hike—but as the Race’s sponsor CTA says, “Isn’t that the point?”

The money we raise in the Race to the Top helps us start off strong each year. Last year, we added two new sites. This year, we are creating infrastructure and systems so we can expand again in 2020, and keep finding mentors for children for another 20 years.

It’s a great feeling to get to the Mt. Mansfield summit on a summer’s day. It’s even better knowing that you’ve helped make things better for kids and supported communities around the state. Won’t you help us keep them reading?

Click here to support the Everybody Wins! team in the Race to the Top 2019.

Next year, sign up, and come along for the hike!

Todd and Paul at the top of the mountain, 2017.

South Burlington, how many books can you read?

Everyone will find something new and fun to read aloud at the 3rd Annual So Burlington Community Read-A-Thon on Sunday April 28th from 1 to 3:30 pm! This  FREE family event is sponsored by Consolidated Communications Inc.



Will it snow? We don’t know! But we do know that there will be lots of books for everyone at the Read-A-Thon. Join us at the South Burlington Public Library in the University Mall on Dorset Street.

Read aloud as many books as you can, fill your passport with stamps, collect gold coins for a chance at fabulous prizes, and devour cookies and milk while you sing along with Jon Gailmor. Come as you are—no need to RSVP. Children of all ages are welcome with an adult.

Thanks to our supporting partners Consolidated Communications Inc for making this FREE family event possible!

Read Books and Win Prizes: Read-A-Thon 2019

Everyone will find something new and fun to read aloud at the 14th Annual National Life Read-A-Thon on Saturday January 26th from 1 to 3:30 pm!

Will it snow? We don’t know! But we do know that there will be lots of books for everyone at the Read-A-Thon. Join us at the National Life cafeteria, 1 National Life Drive in Montpelier.

Read aloud as many books as you can, fill your passport with stamps, collect gold coins for a chance at fabulous prizes from Bear Pond Books, and devour Post Office Cafe cookies and milk while you sing along with Jon Gailmor.

Every child picks a free, brand-new book to take home!

Children of all ages are welcome with an adult! Come as you are on the spur of the moment; no sign-up is necessary.

The Read-A-Thon is a free community event generously supported by National Life Group.

Questions? Email or call 802-229-2665.

Climb to the Top of Vermont on August 26th

For the 11th year, Everybody Wins! Vermont will join the Catamount Trail Association‘s Race to the Top of Vermont on Sunday August 26, to support reading mentors at 23 schools around the state. Join our team and keep children reading!

The 2017 Everybody Wins! team raised over $31,000, including a generous match from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

The Race to the Top is one of our favorite days of the year! It’s a great day to climb Vermont’s highest mountain and the atmosphere is always festive. Just take a look at these faces from last year’s finish line:

Edmunds Elementary coordinator Wanda Stetson’s family at the top.
Board member Jeff Austin and his FairPoint colleague Kim Atkinson.







There are three ways to support Everybody Wins! Vermont at the 2018 Race to the Top:

  • Hike, run, or bike up the Mount Mansfield Toll Road (4.3 miles and 2564 feet of ascent).
  • Help us staff the water break halfway to the top (no hiking or running involved!).
  • Children can join the Kids’ Fun Run at noon at the bottom of the mountain.

Use Everybody Wins! special code for a discounted registration fee of $30. The fee includes the race, a tech t-shirt, a raffle ticket (for fabulous prizes), and a ticket to the BBQ afterwards. (Water stop volunteers don’t have to register for the race, but do pay for the BBQ).

We will bring support cars to the summit so our team can ride down if your knees are complaining.

Former Board president Beth Fastiggi and Deb Shearer.

Everybody Wins! team members agree to raise pledges for Everybody Wins! Vermont from July 30 to the Race day. We have a dedicated Race fundraising page and we will help our team set up individual fundraising pages, and publicize the race and the fundraisers. You can see last year’s Race page by clicking here. Scroll down to see the individual fundraising pages of last year’s team.

You can dedicate your fundraising to a specific Everybody Wins! site, or raise money for our general fund, which benefits all the sites. Either one makes a big difference!

Board president Paul Rosenberg at the top

In 2016 we raised $8,382. In 2017 we raised $31,547. The Race to the Top is on a roll, and with your help, we can make it even more successful in 2018. Every penny goes to keep children reading with their mentors all school year long.

Come Race with us!  For more information, contact Beth at or 802-229-2665.



July 1 Lake Monsters tickets benefit Everybody Wins! Vermont

Champ at the Montpelier Read-A-Thon giving a high five to some young fans.

The Vermont Lake Monsters’ Champ loves to read, and we love to watch the Lake Monsters play at Centennial Field!

We’re going to the Vermont Lake Monsters on Sunday July 1, and we hope you’ll come too! Game time is 5:05 pm, and gates open at 4 pm. Look for our display near the gates and come say hi!

Click here to buy tickets through our special link, and $3 of each ticket price will benefit Everybody Wins! Vermont. Play ball!

May 3, 6 pm: Shelburne Vineyard First Thursday free concert

Join us for a free First Thursday concert with Steve Hartmann at the Shelburne Vineyard: Thursday  May 3rd, 6–9 pm.

This family-friendly concert is free. Dinner will be available from Luiza’s Homemade. First Thursday concerts are a great time to sample the latest vintages from Shelburne Vineyard and maybe take a bottle or two home.

Sales benefit Everybody Wins! in Shelburne. More information is available here. Come on out and celebrate spring with us!

Read Books and Win Prizes: South Burlington, March 5, 1 to 3:30 pm

Consolidated Communications presents the Second Annual South Burlington Community Read-A-Thon on Monday March 5, from 1 to 3:30 pm.

Reading together at the Read-A-Thon!

Looking for something to do the Monday before town meeting? Come to the Consolidated Communications South Burlington Community Read-A-Thon, hosted by Everybody Wins! Vermont and the South Burlington Public Library!

Monday, March 5: 1 to 3:30 pm

At the South Burlington Public Library in the University Mall at the Bon Ton end, 115 Dorset Street.

Get out of the cold or the slush and come explore hundreds of books at this FREE family event hosted by Everybody Wins! Vermont and the South Burlington Public Library and sponsored by Consolidated Communications. Read books aloud with family and friends to enter for fabulous prizes from Phoenix Books. Have a snack. Shimmy along with Vermont legend Jon Gailmor. Every child chooses a free book to take home!

Children of all ages welcome with an adult. Come as you are–no sign-up is necessary! For more information, email, or call the South Burlington Public Library at 802-846-4140.

Looking through books at the Read-A-Thon.

Join Us at Big Fatty’s on February 22nd

Big Fatty’s BBQ in White River Junction is hosting a special benefit night for Everybody Wins! at the White River School in Hartford on Thursday February 22nd from 5–9 pm. Come along to enjoy “the south in your mouth” and help support Everybody Wins! Vermont’s largest and busiest reading site, with 100 mentors reading to children each week.

Join us for dinner: Big Fatty’s BBQ,186 So Main Street,  White River Junction—or call for take out, 802-295-5513. See you at the barbeque!