The Missouri Reader Vol. 40, Issue 1 - Page 43


Katie Schieffer is a fourth grade teacher in Katy, Texas. She has been teaching for 5 years and has experience in first, second, and fourth grades. Katie passionately pursues creating a love of literacy in a rigorous learning environment for all students.

Figure 1 - Ryan's Pic Collage

Included in this picture are our editors, Dr. Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent. Dr. Betty Porter Walls is also pictured along with her practicum students from Harris Stowe State University. All of the individuals pictured took part in sharing books with Ferguson-Florissant students and then distributing the 1500+ new books to those students.

This program emphasizes not only the importance of reading, but also helps develop a lifelong love of the written word. - Dr. Betty Porter Walls

The Read and Feed Program at Johnson Wabash Elementary School was the type of school day we'd love to experience each and every day when children smile at the sight of books and adults say, "Finally, a reader is born." More than fifteen hundred (1,500) trade books were given to the students. Thank you for a renewal of spirit and confirmation that teaching is indeed a noble profession. Ferguson-Florissant was a fantastic host for the Read and Feed Program and I believe we all did good work!—Dr. Betty Porter Walls

Thank you to all who have made this project come to fruition. Please know that each council member/ HSSU student and staff was crucial in the success of this Read and Feed. It was a rewarding experience to bring literacy joy to so many students, which we are eager to share with the council, with MSC, and with ILA. Next steps are to bring this type of project to our members and other Missouri councils! – Tamara Rhomberg

Tamara Rhomberg, Glenda Nugent, and Dr. William Kerns presented the Missouri Read and Feed Project at the International Literacy Association Conference in Boston in July.