Extra-Ordinary Readers Program

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Literacy enlarges the world for children of all ages. Through our Extra-Ordinary Readers (EOR) Program, we encourage self-worth and forward thinking toward a bright future for homeless children through reading. Each child who receives an Extra-Ordinary Birthdays celebration is also treated to a very special party favor-three brand new, age-appropriate books, chosen especially for them by our EOR team. Extra-Ordinary Readers supports literacy for all children regardless of socioeconomic status, as well as pride in ownership of a new book. Books are collected for the program through our Amazon wish list, annual Barnes & Noble book fair and direct donations from other caring members of our community. We truly appreciate every tax deductible charitable contribution toward adventures in reading for homeless children!


Reading is fun! We aim to encourage our Extra-Ordinary Birthdays (EOB) participants to be excited about reading. Each child who receives an EOB party is provided an opportunity to become an Excited Reader. Once the child has read all three books they received as part of their birthday gift, they are awarded a prize and warm congratulations from the EOB team. We hope that an incentivized reading program will lead to a lifelong joy of reading fun.


Children all over the country are now engaging in virtual learning due to the public health emergency. Many parents have been able to set up makeshift classrooms and workspaces at home, equipped with the necessary technology and school supplies needed for virtual learning. While viewing the photos online, our minds immediately shifted to the thousands of children in the DC-metro area experiencing homelessness.For many of them, physically returning to school is a return to stability, guaranteed meals, easy access to educational materials and so much more. Now they are challenged with gaps in technology, missed instruction, minimal tutoring support, and reduced access to wrap-around services and resources.

Children experiencing homelessness matter and Extra-Ordinary Readers is committed to supporting them in any way we can. We are working to close the educational gap by providing educational workbooks to students experiencing homelessness as a part of their birthday gift.

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Please contact Arrien, EOR Program Coordinator, at readers@extraordinarybirthdays.org