fered their parish hall, making the necessary accommodations to al- low for smooth functioning and allowing them to stay as long as needed. The ministry remained at Grace until three families, who prefer to remain anonymous, came togeth- Good News You Can Use PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 • February 6, 2020 • Vol. 6, No. 2 • Canton, Mississippi Special to The Canton News Mississippi College students volunteering at Our Daily Bread. Our Daily Bread is a ministry that began with the sole purpose of glo- rifying God through feeding Mad- ison County residents, not only physically, but also spiritually. Jackson Stewpot had been in op- eration for many years, but there was an urgent need in Madison County, specifically Canton, for its residents to have access to a nutritious, daily meal. Canton resident Jud Medders had the ini- tial idea to start a food ministry in town and reached out to Rev- erend Frank Spencer, the director of Jackson Stewpot at that time. Medders, Spencer, Sister Mary Anne Poeschl (Holy Child Jesus Catholic Church), Alice Scott, Bill Franklin and several others met to brainstorm about what they could do in Madison County. By Lori Lycette As a result, Madison County Stewpot was born in 2002, with Daphne Cain as the director. They originally worked out of St. Paul AME Zion Church in Canton. Af- ter five years of being a subunit of Stewpot, they branched out to become a standalone nonprofit or- ganization, which was named Our Daily Bread Ministries. They still partner with Jackson Stewpot in the fight against hunger but are no longer directly affiliated. Our Daily Bread was eventually moved to the gym at Holy Child Jesus, which needed repairs and an industrial kitchen installed, so fundraisers were held to bring the building up to par. Holy Child sold the school and gym, and the new owner allowed the food ministry to remain for about a year. Reverend Beth Foose of Grace Episcopal Church graciously of- er in April 2017 to purchase the building where Our Daily Bread currently resides. A kitchen and food storage area were both added to accommodate the large volume of food necessary to prepare and serve over 60,000 meals annually. Our Daily Bread food ministry is still feeding souls photos cont. on page 2 The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recent- ly gathered state chiefs, experts in reading and others for a national summit at the Hilton in Washington, D.C., focus- ing on effec- tive approaches to improving lit- eracy skills for all students and the important role states must play. A Canton Public School District (CPSD) teacher who had a 100% 3rd Grade Gate Pass Rate for first- time test-takers in 2017-2018 and a 96% rate in 2018-2019 served on the panel. Special to The Canton News Kara Paige, a McNeal Elementa- ry School Reading teacher, spoke on a panel with literacy experts and national partners in order to enhance collective understanding of strategies proven to improve lit- eracy skills for students and begin to identify action steps state lead- ers can take to improve reading outcomes for all students. Paige has elaborated on how CPSD has taken strides to improve litera- cy by implementing the Phonics First Program, among using other strategies and the gains that its el- ementary schools have made over the last few years. Leaders developed strategies for students whose reading ability is below their grade level. The latest results from the Nation’s Report Card show that many of our na- tion’s young people are struggling in the area of literacy. Improving Canton teacher serves on Washington, D.C., panel literacy levels requires a multi- prong approach, and through ro- bust roundtable discussions, the summit will explore the need for high-quality instructional materi- als and aligned professional learn- ing, alignment with early child- hood education, as well as the need to support effective teacher preparation programs. “State education leaders recog- nize the urgency of improving lit- eracy for all kids. This convening will bring forward the strong ex- isting research-base on the issue and surface effective approaches underway in states to find ways to bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice and drive pos- itive change,” said Carissa Moffat Miller, CCSSO’s executive direc- tor, in preparation for the event. The one-day event was the be- ginning of a concentrated effort for CCSSO, with continued dis- cussions at CCSSO’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., this spring, and the ultimate goal of creating a playbook outlining the most important state levers to engage to lead to meaningful gains from students. State chiefs from Wyoming, Mississippi, District of Columbia, Nebraska, South Carolina, North Dakota, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Rhode Island participated in the discussion along with national literacy experts and other educa- tion advocates. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, non- profit organization of public of- ficials who head departments of elementary and secondary educa- tion in the states, the District of Special to The Canton News Kara Paige cont. on page 5 8:30-6:00 M-F 8:30-12:30 Sat Stace Cauthe Sander & Bil M b 1301 East Peace Street, Canton 39046 601-859-4212 LOCAL HOMETOWN SERVICE Remember your Valentine, stop by for all your needs!