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WDKX.com » Blog » Some 100,000 Books Given Away For Students In Rochester Schools To Read
Jun 20th 2014 6:08 am
Some 100,000 Books Given Away For Students In Rochester Schools To Read
by News

Every single student in Rochester City Schools will receive books to read over the summer. It totals up to 100,000 books, believed to be the largest single book distribution in the U.S.

"This is a program for Rochester kids to read, to ensure all kids are reading with proficiency," said Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers.

The goal, in a district where fewer than half graduate, is to have students' reading skills up to standard by third grade.

"We will improve the graduation rate, the success of the city, depending on our ability to get the children to read," said Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, Rochester City School District.

Just 5.4 percent of city school kids meet state standards in English, and summer vacation leaves a void.

Kids in grades K-2 get 10 books each. The rest, like 6th grader Nkem Okafor, get two books apiece.

"I like to gain more knowledge, like how certain eras ran and what beliefs people thought," Nkem said.

City school administrators say having the state's lowest English language arts scores is no longer acceptable, and this summer assignment could help turn the page.

- See more at: http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/news/746328/some-100-000-books-given-away-for-students-in-rochester-schools-to-read/#sthash.wZOzbFXB.1PDmhSLN.dpuf