Mentor Feature: Holli Andresen

Age: 32

Occupation: Lawyer

Reading site: Findley Elementary

How long you’ve read with EWI: 8 years

Q: Favorite book (and why!)

A: Heidi by Johanna Spyri. My mom read this book aloud to me as a child. Not only do I love the story, but every time I re-read it, I remember the conversations my mom and I had as we read it. That experience created lasting memories!

Q: With so many options for nonprofit or volunteer work in Central Iowa, what would you say to someone considering joining Everybody Wins! Iowa and the Power Read program?

A: Power Read offers the opportunity to connect with and make a lasting difference in a child’s life. I enjoy being able to witness the impact I’m making week after week as I see my student’s reading abilities improve and her love of reading grow. I know that this hour of reading each week is an investment in her future and I love being a part of that!

Q: What do you think is the impact of reading and of the Power Read program?

A: Now more than ever it is important for our youth to develop skills of focus, communication and critical thinking. Our Power Read program supports all of these skills while boosting confidence and laying a strong foundation for their future success in school and beyond.

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