“READ: Read, Eat, and Discover” Update

by Jody Rozbicki

Chairperson of MSC’s “Read & Feed” Committee

Each month, Glenda Nugent, MSC Coordinator, and I have a phone conference with our national committee composed of the National Title I Association, the International Literacy Association, and the states participating in “Read & Feed.”  In January 2017, we found out that ILA and Title I had changed the name of our project.  The project is now known as “READ: Read, Eat and Discover.”  The name change occurred because another organization in the United States has the same name.

This year two corporate partners have joined the “READ: Read, Eat and Discover” project.  They are Ruby Tuesday and Jet Blue Airlines.  They will participate through monetary donations. This is a new occurrence and more information will be available later.

The National Title I Association Conference is in Long Beach, California on February 22-25, 2017.  Stephen Sye, International Literacy Association, and Julie Cowell, DESE, will be giving a presentation about “READ:  Read, Eat and Discover.”  Stephen’s and Julie’s presentation will include St. Louis Suburban Council’s “Read & Feed” project, which was a partnership between Harris-Stowe University and the Ferguson-Florissant School District in June 2016.

If you are interested in sponsoring this project please submit an application to MSC’s “READ: Read, Eat and Discover” committee.  We have over 3000 books to distribute and we would love to get the books in the hands of our Missouri students.  Special note:  one member organizing your “READ” project must be an International Literacy Association member and the school you select must be a Title One feed school. Please contact Jody Rozbicki, ( for an application form and to determine if your partner school is a Title One feed school.  If MSC’s “READ” committee approves your application, Jody will contact you for the next steps in receiving the books for distribution.