In September of 2021, the Rox Project S.A.V.E. Foundation created a pilot program for the St. Cloud Area School District 742 that would put a Reading Book in the hands of elementary grade students once every month six different times during the 2021-22 school year.
The program was aptly named the RBI Club (adopting a well-known baseball glossary term for Runs Batted In) but using the acronym as an incentive that could teach young students the importance of Reading Books Independently.
The St. Cloud Area School District Community Education Department chose Oak Hill Community School as the first beneficiary of the RBI Club that put a new Reading Book into the hands of 373 students from grades 3-5.
"We are so grateful to the Rox Project S.A.V.E. Foundation for their ongoing partnership with our district and especially for creating the RBI Club. We were so excited for these students to experience the joy of getting brand new books that were their very own," said Lori Posch, Executive Director of Learning and Teaching, St. Cloud Area School District 742.
The Free Reading Books for the Oak Hill Community School students were chosen by the classroom teachers in the three grade levels through Scholastic, the world's largest publisher, and distributor of children's books. Scholastic is currently in over 100,000 schools nationwide including those in the St. Cloud Area School District.
“As a valued teammate to the many communities in Central Minnesota, the Rox Foundation is very proud and excited to play a role in a program that can help create a pathway for the students to each become lifelong readers,” said Jim Loria, Chief
Administrator for Project S.A.V.E.
The Rox Foundation will continue the RBI Club for the 2022-23 school year. The St. Cloud Area School District has chosen Lincoln Elementary as the next recipient of the community education program and anticipates a little over 400 students, also in Grades 3- 5, to receive free reading books compliments of Project S.A.V.E.