Edventure will present Read It and Eat It programs that tie literacy and nutrition education together in a storytime-like setting for five elementary school aftercare programs in Richland School District 1. AC Moore Elementary School, Greenview Elementary School, Horrell Hill Elementary School, Pine Grove Elementary School, and Rosewood Elementary School will all host Read It and Eat It programming during the 2017 – 2018 academic year. SC Humanities supported this programming with a Fast Track Literary Grant in May 2017.
In the Read It and Eat It programs, the EdVenture educator will read a book to the students, focusing on key vocabulary, concepts, and the art of the story. Once the selection is read, they will discuss the book and identify elements that underline healthy eating and nutrition concepts. In a recent program, they read Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion and discussed the history of pizza and how to create a healthy pizza with fresh garden vegetables and turkey pepperoni.
Edventure anticipates that more than 200 students will be reached with Read It and Eat It programming from August – December 2017. Participating students will also receive a copy of the book, helping build home libraries. More information about EdVenture’s after school programming, Club Edventure, can be found on the website: http://www.edventure.org/programs/after-school-club-edventure/.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.