Race to the Top of Vermont

The Race to the Top of Vermont 2024
Sunday, August 25, Stowe VT

Join the Everybody Wins! team, and keep children reading with their   mentors, no matter what.

Here’s what the children say about Everybody Wins!

My mentor is so much fun and she helps me.

Every August, friends of reading climb Mt. Mansfield in the annual Race to the Top of Vermont to raise funds to keep children and mentors reading together. It’s 4.3 miles up the Toll Road and a great feeling of success to reach the top of Vermont!

Despite losing our office to flooding in July 2023, Everybody Wins! added a new school site this year (Samuel Morey Elementary in Fairlee) and reopened 3 more programs that had been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic. 100 more children had mentors in 23-24 than the previous year—each week 375 children read with their mentors.

I got to read a hard book and understand it, and if I was in a bad mood, my mentor cheered me up.

In 2024-25, a program will open at another new school (Hinesburg Community School), and the last three schools closed since lockdown are scheduled to re-open.

To make all this happen, to bring reading to even more children in the next year, we need your help! Come hike the mountain with us (or volunteer for the Race) and raise pledges from your friends and family to keep children reading with Everybody Wins!

My mentor made me feel happy for being myself.

Even if you can’t be on the mountain on August 25th, you can help to raise money to support children and reading all over the state of Vermont!

For example, Marci, the Everybody Wins! coordinator in Waitsfield, is baking and selling challah with her children for the third year in a row, and donating the proceeds to Everybody Wins!

In the past, mentees and mentors have asked people in their networks to pledge for each book (or each page!) they read in August.

What challenge could you take on, to keep children and mentors reading?

We will help you with materials and a personal donation page for you to share with your people.

Come pandemic, smoke from forest fires, or high water, children will read with their Everybody Wins! mentors this fall—and the Race will help them start off strong.

To join the Everybody Wins! team for the 2024 Race:

  1. If you are connected with an Everybody Wins! site, talk with your site coordinator. They can tell you who else is taking part in your community.
  2. Register for the Race to the Top here if you want to climb the mountain.  Choose Non-Member: RUN/BIKE/HIKE (unless you are a CTA member or you want to join). Register as an individual (not a team or a group) and use our special code 24ebwvt30 for a discounted registration fee of $30. It’s important to use the code since that tells CTA and us who is on the Everybody Wins! team.
  3. Fill out the CTA volunteer form here if you want to volunteer at the Race. Be sure to write that you’re volunteering for Everybody Wins! in the notes section so they know you’re with us. Then email Beth here to let us know you’ll be there, too.
  4. Whether Racing, volunteering, or something else, create a fundraising page on the Everybody Wins! Race site, and start spreading the word! (We’ll send you directions, examples, and a link when you sign up. And we’re always here to help.)

Call Everybody Wins! Vermont at 802-229-2665 or email beth@everybodywinsvermont.org with any questions. We can’t wait to see you, whether it’s on the mountain on August 25th or at our next Everybody Wins! reading session!