Read! Reading Success by 4th Grade (RS4G) is a community initiative with the goal of all of Springfield’s children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.

The mission of RS4G is to ensure that the entire community is working together to help children acquire the fundamental reading and language skills necessary for success in school and in life. Before 3rd grade children “learn to read.” After 3rd grade they “read to learn.”

The RS4G early literacy plan and the broad community coalition it represents—families, schools and community partners—was recognized by the National Civic League in 2012, naming Springfield an All-America City. Partner in a national movement, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR), RS4G has been named a Pacesetter Community by CGLR in 2012, 2103, 2014, 2015 and 2016

The Irene E & George A. Davis Foundation


About the Author

The Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley is a resource for families in business, and one giant aspect of that is the next generation, working its way into leadership; often discovering how to operate as a sibling or cousin team; assuming the risks in a more competitive market than ever before; needing to innovate and evolve to avoid failure; and realize how to achieve that magic state of work/life balance, combined with doing what you love, as well as using your unique talents, different than what your family has known before. This page will be a place for you to connect, explore, and express yourself in the local and global communities of the Nxt Gen of family business.

Ira Bryck is president of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley (in Western Mass). The center provides a learning community for family and closely held companies, which include dinner forums, confidential roundtables, and varied workshops; and produces the website and advice column, Dear Ira: Fresh Air and Cold Water for the Perplexed Business Family. Ira confers with entrepreneurial families on an array of usual and unusual challenges. He is the author of three plays about life in family business, including A Tough Nut to Crack, based on his 17 years in his family's 4th generation childrenswear business on Long Island, where he served simultaneously in every role from president to tailor. The plays have been performed internationally over 100 times. Ira hosts The Western Mass Business Show on WHMP in Northampton Mass, where he interviews business owners and expert advisors about what inspires them, keeps them awake, helps them succeed, and makes them unique.

For more info, contact Ira Bryck at 413 835 0810 or

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